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CEC-DADD Awards

The Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children is pleased to provide annual recognition of individuals and subdivisions through a number of awards:

The Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award: This award may be presented annually to an individual who reflects the ideals of the Division and who has made significant contribution to the field of intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or autism. Criteria used to select the individual include: (a) Exceptional effort exerted and involvement in furthering the cause of persons with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or autism; and (b) Membership in DADD. .

The Legislative Award: This award may be presented annually to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in the area of legislation. Criterion used for selection of this award is that the individual has been involved in the development, support, and/or enactment of legislation designed to meet the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Teacher of the Year Award is available to recognize a special education teacher or regular classroom teacher from each subdivision for exceptional performance in supporting students who have developmental disabilities.

Para-Educator of the Year Award is available to recognize a paraeducator from each subdivision who participates as a member of the teaching team, and who exhibits exemplary personal and professional skills in supporting students who have developmental disabilities. The teacher or the paraeducator need not be a member of DADD, and each state/ provincial subdivision is encouraged to nominate an individual for each of these awards.

The John W. Kidd Subdivision Award. This award may be presented annually to the subdivision that has shown exceptional performance during the past year. Criteria used can include: (a) Maintains membership integrity during the previous fiscal year; (b) Engages in innovative programming, evidenced by plans and performance presented at time of application for award; and (c) Participates actively in DADD activities beyond the subdivision level.

The Research Award: The Research Award may be presented annually to an individual who reflects the ideals of the Division and who has made significant contributions to the field of intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities and/or autism through research. Criteria used to select this individual include: (a) Exceptional effort exerted and involvement in furthering the cause of persons with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or autism through research; and (b) Membership in DADD. For more information on the criteria for this award, please see the Research Awards PDF.

The Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award is presented by the DADD every other year to honor exemplary portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities.

Herbert J. Prehm Student Presentation Award and Practitioner Presentation Award is given annually at the CEC Conference and Expo, and is based on the presentations given at the conferences.

 
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