Do you know an employer, entrepreneur, dedicated individual or volunteer, or local committee or organization that has gone above and beyond the legal requirements to ensure full inclusion of people with disabilities in your community and in the workplace? If so, please help us acknowledge them with your awards nominations for our annual Lex Frieden Employment Awards. The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) is issuing a call for nominations for the Lex Frieden Employment Awards. The DEADLINE for submissions is August 31, 2017.
We are seeking nominations to recognize employers who have consistently gone above and beyond the legal requirements to ensure full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. You can read Submission Guidelines and find entry forms on theGovernor’s Committee on People with Disabilities website. Awards categories include:
- Employer Awards (Small, Medium or Large or Non-Profit Employer) recognize employers in Texas who have fostered a diverse and accessible workplace
- Entrepreneurship Award recognizes a living entrepreneur with a disability with a drive to create and sustain a successful business
- The Martha Arbuckle Award recognizes the most innovative local committee project
- The Governor’s Trophy is the highest honor to an individual for lifetime achievement in support of Texans with disabilities
There is NO FEE for submissions. Self-nominations for employers are encouraged.For information or questions contact the GCPD staff:
Please help us with our outreach by sharing this call for nominations with contacts in your network and make sure that exemplary efforts in Texas are acknowledged.
The 2017 Lex Frieden Employment Awards ceremony will be hosted by the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities in partnership with the GCPD. The October date and Austin location are to be determined.
About the Awards
The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities annual employment awards are named after disability rights champion and independent living movement leader Lex Frieden, one of the architects of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Frieden is the UT Chancellor’s Health Fellow on Disability, a professor of biomedical informatics and rehabilitation at the UT Health Science Center at Houston and director of the Independent Living Research Utilization Program (ILRU) at TIRR Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital. He was appointed by President George W. Bush as chair of the National Council on Disability in 2002, and also served an eight-year term on the United Nations Panel of Experts on the Standard Rules for Disability. He has received two Presidential Citations for his work in the field of disability, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in law by the National University of Ireland in 2004.
Since 1979, the Governor’s Committee has worked to highlight the efforts of employers to hire and retain employees with disabilities, and to recognize Best Practices that positively affect employees with disabilities within the workplace. Employers whose philosophy is to support employment opportunities for all Texans, including people with disabilities, benefits the local community as well as the entire state. The attitude of working as a partner in the community is considered a strength to be highlighted and encouraged by the presentation of our annual Employment Awards. The active and enthusiastic promotion of business opportunities for people with disabilities is also an important element in the consideration of the award.