The Shriver-Kennedy Student Achievement Award

Mrs. Eunice Shriver and Senator Edward Kennedy are two individuals who committed much of their time on this earth toward improving the education and quality of life of persons with disabilities.  In their honor, The Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) Council for Exceptional Children would like to recognize a young person up to the age of 25 who excels in one of the following areas: academics, arts, athletics, community service, employment, extra- curricular activities, independent activities, technology, and self-advocacy.  The student need not be a member of DADD or CEC to qualify for this award. Students with an intellectual disability, developmental disability, or an autism spectrum disorder will have priority for this award.  

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Please Note: All nominations must be received by the Awards Chair no later than February 1, 2017 in order to be recognized at the CEC Conference in April 2017.

Please forward completed forms to:
Meaghan McCollow

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