Each year, NACDD presents two awards both entitled “Champions of Equal Opportunity,” or CEO. The first is given to a national policymaker with outstanding leadership and commitment to policy that supports equal rights for people with disabilities. The second is presented to a self-advocate who has been nominated by his or her DD Council as someone who shares and promotes NACDD’s values of self-determination, independence, productivity and inclusion.
In the past couple of years we have sadly lost two of our advocate awardees. Ms. Betty Williams received the Champion of Equal Opportunity Award in 2016, and passed in 2018. Because we want to continue to honor the extraordinary work that Betty had done in her career and her life, we are renaming the Champion of Equal Opportunity award to the Betty Williams, Champion of Equal Opportunity Award.
Ms. April Dunn was our 2019 recipient of the Start Your Journey Award. We sadly lost April in the Spring of 2020 to the COVID-19 pandemic. After conversations with her family, we have chosen to honor her memory and her work by renaming the award “The April Dunn, Start Your Journey Award.” We are confident that any recipients of either award will carry on the memory of both extraordinary women and advocates.
Our CEO Award recipients are listed below: