[tabi] The Able Trust Ability Awards (due 4/30)

  • From: Lighthouse of the Big Bend <lighthousebigbend@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 13:07:29 -0400

The Able Trust Ability Awards
Today more and more, businesses are recognizing that people with
disabilities are valued employees and customers in their community.
The Able Trust Ability Awards annually recognize individuals and
organizations for outstanding contributions toward the employment of
Florida citizens with disabilities. Nominations will be accepted for
five awards. Nominations must be received by April 30, 2010.

The Award ceremony will be held:
Friday, June 11, 2010, 12 noon – 1:30 PM
Golden Eagle Country Club
3700 Golden Eagle Drive
Tallahassee, FL  32312

THE ABILITY AWARD CATEGORIES

Beverly Chapman Award for Outstanding Employment Placement Program
Beverly Chapman was named the 1989 Disabled American of the Year and
the Floridian of the Year and is remembered for her advocacy for
employment and independence for persons with disabilities. The Beverly
Chapman Award provides recognition and high visibility for outstanding
job placement programs for persons with disabilities in Florida. This
award is presented to a Florida nonprofit disability organization.

Dr. George L. Spelios Leadership Award
Dr. George Spelios was a founding director and past Chair of The Able
Trust who touched the lives of many through his passion and commitment
to serve people with disabilities. As a tribute to his years of
dedication and service, this award recognizes the outstanding
leadership and advocacy efforts of an executive director or president
of a Florida nonprofit disability organization.

Media Representative Award
Media plays a vital role in the public’s perception of individuals,
products and services, especially for the disability community. This
award honors an individual member of the media or a media organization
for excellence in presenting and/or reporting about people with
disabilities.

Employer of the Year Award
Because employers offer valuable resources to Florida’s citizens with
disabilities, this award recognizes a small (1-49), medium (50-99) or
large (100+) business with an exceptional record of disability
friendly practices, including hiring persons with disabilities, making
reasonable accommodations and demonstrating efforts beyond simple
compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act  as amended.

Adult Leadership Award
This award will be presented to an adult over age 21 with a
disability. This individual exhibits community and nonprofit
leadership, is employed full time or part time and serves in a
volunteer leadership position with a local organization. (e.g.
nonprofit board member, community committee member, commission
council, etc.)

NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 30, 2010

The Able Trust will reimburse reasonable transportation costs (up to
$200 per honoree) to the awards ceremony in Tallahassee and one
night’s lodging for the honoree. Honorees and their guests will join
The Able Trust Board of Directors, staff and other dignitaries at the
luncheon.

For more information see attached or contact The Able Trust at:
850-224-4493, or 888-838-2253 Voice/TDD, by email at
info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx or visit our website at www.abletrust.org.



2010 NOMINATION FORM
Ability Awards Categories (select one)

•       Beverly Chapman Award for Outstanding Employment Placement Program
o       The Beverly Chapman Award provides recognition and high visibility
for outstanding job placement programs for persons with disabilities
in Florida. This award is presented to a Florida nonprofit
organization.

•       Dr. George L. Spelios Leadership Award
o       As a tribute to Dr. Spelios’ years of dedication and service, this
award recognizes the outstanding leadership and advocacy efforts of an
executive director or president of a Florida nonprofit disability
organization.

•       Media Representative Award
o       This award honors an individual member of the media or a media
organization for excellence in producing and/or reporting about people
with disabilities. The nominee reinforces the value of people with
disabilities in their reporting techniques.

•       Employer of the Year Award
o       This award recognizes in three categories a small (1-49), medium
(50-99), or large (100+) business with an exceptional record of
disability friendly practices, including hiring persons with
disabilities, making reasonable accommodations and demonstrating
efforts beyond simple compliance with the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA).

•       Adult Leadership Award
o       This award will be presented to an adult over age 21 with a
disability. This individual exhibits community and nonprofit
leadership, is employed full time or part time and serves in a
volunteer leadership position with a local organization. (e.g.
nonprofit board member, community committee member, commission
council, etc.)


NOMINEE INFORMATION (Complete all fields that apply)

NAME OF NOMINEE

TITLE
PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT
ADDRESS
CITY
ZIP


EMAIL ________________________________________
PHONE_______________________________

OR

TYPE OF AGENCY/ORGANIZATION
_____________________________________________________

PARENT COMPANY (if any) _________________________________
# OF EMPLOYEES___________

PRIMARY SERVICE _________________________________
AREA SERVED ____________________

BUSINESS PHONE ______________________________
OTHER PHONE_______________________

ADDRESS _____________________________________
CITY ___________________ ZIP __________

EMAIL _______________________________________
WEBSITE ______________________________


OTHER CONTACT INFORMATION


Please describe (in 100 words or less) why you feel this
individual/organization is deserving of the selected award, and
describe the nominee’s contributions to the employment of Florida
citizens with disabilities. Addressing the qualities mentioned in the
description of the award may be helpful. Include any other information
you feel will be helpful in the selection process. (You may attach one
additional sheet if more space is needed, not to exceed a total of 2
pages.)




NOMINATING SPONSOR INFORMATION * Self nominations are acceptable.*

SPONSOR NAME 
____________________________________________________________________

AGENCY/ORGANIZATION
_____________________________________________________________

RELATIONSHIP TO CANDIDATE (if any)
__________________________________________________

ADDRESS _______________________________
CITY _____________ STATE _____ ZIP __________

PHONE _________________________________
BEST TIME TO CONTACT _____________________

EMAIL _____________________________________
WEBSITE ________________________________


NOMINATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 30, 2010

Forms can be submitted by mail, fax or email to:
The Able Trust, 3320 Thomasville Rd., Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32308
Fax: 850-224-4496 ~ Email: info@xxxxxxxxxxxxx ~ For questions, call
850-224-4493.
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