News Release

Disability Awareness Annual Awards Nominations Deadline Approaching
Posted: 8/28/2018 11:00 AM

The 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 deadline for nominations is this Friday, August 31, 2018.

The award finalists and those who nominate them will be invited to join in celebrating all award recipients at the 2018 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.

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.”

Applications and descriptions of the award categories can be downloaded at or requested via email at

"This awards ceremony is by far one of my favorite events I work on throughout the year. I have first-hand knowledge of the progress that is being made in our area, and the people behind those efforts. I relish the opportunity to once again highlight the best of Lafayette’s disabled community and those who help us thrive," stated Liam Doyle, LCG Disability Affairs Coordinator.

Said Nell Hahn, ACCD Chair, “It is wonderful to be able to recognize youth and adults with disabilities, as well as families, employers, direct support professionals, and others who have contributed so much to our community. Besides recognizing all of these people, the awards are a great way to learn about all the inspiring work that is being done by and for people with disabilities in the Lafayette area.”

The Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities receives the applications and organizes the awards ceremony. The deadline for nominations is Friday, August 31, 2018. 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 17, 2018.

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 again recognized by having a GOLD Award winner at the State level: Lillian Dejean was honored as Youth of the Year. For a listing and photos of the 2017 award recipients, visit​