The Mayor's Advisory Council on Disability had planned to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at our annual Access and Inclusion Awards in July. Concerns about the Covid-19 virus have altered what that event will look like; however, we will still recognize the people and organizations that work so hard to make Indianapolis more inclusive for people with disabilities.
Mayor Joe Hogsett will recognize individuals and companies who go above and beyond to support and celebrate people with all types of disabilities. The City of Indianapolis is nationally recognized as an inclusive community, due to the efforts of businesses and organizations enhancing opportunities in access and employment, as well as the contributions of those individuals who have made a lifetime commitment to inclusion.
Award nominations are now being accepted for the following:
Exceptional City Service Award
The recipient of this award is an Indianapolis City Employee who demonstrates outstanding contributions and service, promoting the inclusion and independence of persons with disabilities through his or her work at the City of Indianapolis.
The Accessibility Award is designed to recognize an individual, business or organization in the Indianapolis community that has made exceptional contributions to eliminate barriers and ensure persons with disabilities can access and participate in events, programs and activities. Contributions to any and all aspects of community life in Indianapolis, including art, culture, recreation, leisure, commerce, travel, worship and social life are be considered.
The Employer Award is designed to recognize an individual, business or organization in the Indianapolis community that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to providing career training, employment and/or advancement opportunities to persons with disabilities.
James Pauley Lifetime Service Award
This award was established in memory of James K. Pauley, an early leader of the Indianapolis Mayor’s Advisory Council on Disability, and Chairperson from 1978 to 1980. As a person with a disability, Mr. Pauley was a lifelong advocate and active volunteer in the disability community. The recipient of this award should be an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions promoting the inclusion and independence of persons with disabilities in the Indianapolis community.
Please submit as many nominations and in as many categories as you wish. Specific instructions are included in this email. Awards Nominations are due by 5 PM on Friday, July 17, 2020.