News Release

​​Disability Awareness Committee Accepting Nominations for Annual Awards
Posted: 8/4/2017 10:00 AM
The Lafayette Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD) will once again recognize individuals or organizations that improve the lives of disabled citizens during their annual awards ceremony in Lafayette. Through an open call for nominations, the ACCD hopes to present a dozen such awards.
The ACCD was created in 2007 and works in an advisory capacity to Mayor-President Joel Robideaux to serve as the voice for disabled citizens, making recommendations and requests on their behalf and advocating for their rights on issues affecting the disabled. “Lafayette’s most valuable asset is its people and there are many in the community who actively serve our disabled citizens, not because they want recognition, but because it’s the right thing to do. Those are exactly the people who we hope to honor through these awards this year.”
The awards finalists and those who nominate them will be invited to join in celebrating all award recipients at the 2017 Awards Ceremony in October. Awards may be given in several categories including Educator of the Year, Employer of the Year, Family of the Year, Media, Outstanding Direct Support Professional, Outstanding Individual with a Disability, Service Animal of the Year, Veteran of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Youth of the Year and the Vickie Nettles Advocacy Award.
Applications and descriptions of the award categories can be found at or requested via email at
"This awards ceremony is an excellent opportunity for our committee to recognize those we serve that share our passion and dedication for not only improving the lives of Lafayette's disabled citizens, but also for fundamentally improving Lafayette as a whole," stated Liam Doyle, Chair of the ACCD.
The Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities receives the applications and organizes the awards ceremony. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 1, 2017. Nominees must either be living in or working within Lafayette Parish to be eligible. The winners will be notified on/around October 1 with the awards ceremony to be held on October 11, 2017.
All winning nominations will also be submitted for the 2017 State Gold Awards presented by the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs. Last year, Lafayette Parish was recognized for a record-breaking three GOLD Award winners at the State level: Louisiana Praline Factory, Employer of the Year; Jamie Duplechine, Outstanding Individual, and; Deborah Aymond for the Distinguished Merit Award. For a listing and photos of the 2016 award recipients, visit