MICHAEL YUDIN AND BETTY WILLIAMS TO RECEIVE 2016 CHAMPIONS OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AWARDS AT NACDD CONFERENCE
WASHINGTON, June 16, 2016 – The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities will present the 2016 Champions of Equal Opportunity Awards at its annual conference on July 7. Michael Yudin and Betty Williams have been chosen as the CEO National Policymaker and CEO Self-Advocate recipients, respectively. Yudin was selected for his work at the U.S. Department of Education ensuring inclusion in education for students with disabilities and Williams for her exemplary work in the disabilities community in the state of Indiana as a self-advocate.
The CEO National Policymaker award is presented to a national leader with outstanding leadership and dedication to policy that supports equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. A committee selects one person whose perseverance of inclusion has made great change.
This year’s winner of the National Policymaker award, Michael Yudin, has spent the majority of his career advocating for students with disabilities and working towards inclusion and equity. Between 2010 and early 2016, Michael worked on behalf of the Obama Administration at the U.S. ED, serving the Secretary in multiple capacities. At the ED, Michael helped to finalize regulations to implement the Workforce and Opportunity Act, formally ended the use of the alternative assessment on modified achievement standards and worked on many other forward-moving projects for students with disabilities.
The CEO Self-Advocate award is given to an individual who shares and promotes NACDD’s values of self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion. The winner is selected by a committee from the nominations made by member Councils. The Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities nominated former Council member, and a leader of Indiana’s Self-Advocacy movement, Betty Williams.
Betty Williams has been an active member in the self-advocacy movement in Indiana since its founding in 1990. Her eagerness to share her story and her dedication to help move Indiana towards being a state known for inclusion and accessibility, made Betty shine over other nominees.
“There is not a person Betty has met who has not been proud to know her as a colleague, but also a mentor,” wrote Christine Dahlberg, Executive Director of Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities.
The NACDD serves as the national voice of State and Territorial Councils on Developmental Disabilities. The Association supports DD Councils in implementing the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act and promotes the interests and rights of people with developmental disabilities and their families. Both awards will be presented at NACDD’s Champions of Equal Opportunity (CEO) awards luncheon on July 7 in Washington, D.C. Other nominees of the Self-Advocate award will be inducted into the NACDD Self-Advocate Leadership Circle.