Applications are now available for the City-Parish
President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities Annual Awards.
These awards recognize individuals and organizations in our community who have
improved the lives of those living with disabilities.
As many as eleven awards will be given in Lafayette in
several categories. The list of categories is Distinguished Merit Award,
Youth of the Year Award, Outstanding Individual with a Disability Award, Media
Award, Volunteer of the Year Award, Outstanding Direct Support Professional
Award, Educator of the Year Award, Service Animal of the Year Award, Veteran of
the Year Award, Family of the Year Award, and Employer of the Year Award.
“I encourage everyone to think of someone they could
nominate for one of these awards. This ceremony is close to my heart and
is one of the most inspirational activities I get to participate in each year.
The nomination process only takes a few minutes, and I know we have many people
in our community who are deserving of these awards,” said City-Parish President
Descriptions of the award categories can be found
online. Applications can be downloaded from the committee’s webpage (http://www.lafayettela.gov/DAC/Pages/default.aspx)
on the Lafayette Consolidated Government website or by contacting Carlee
Alm-LaBar, Assistant to City-Parish President Joey Durel. Applications
for the awards are due on September 12. The awards ceremony will be held
on October 30.
All local winners are nominated for a State Gold Award.
These awards will be held in Baton Rouge on November 12, 2014.
The City-Parish President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens
with Disabilities receives the applications and puts on the awards
ceremony. The duties of the committee (as defined by the resolution that
formed it) are:
to develop and channel information regarding
disabled persons to the citizens of the community through the introduction of
to work with all aspects of community life so
that persons with disabilities will realize the rights and responsibilities
afforded to all citizens; to receive recommendations, requests, and citizen
complaints regarding problems affecting the disabled;
to make advisory recommendations to the
Lafayette City/Parish President and the Lafayette City/Parish Council regarding
problems faced by the disabled which might be addressed by the Lafayette
City/Parish Consolidated Government;
to serve as an advisory panel to the Lafayette
City/Parish President and the Lafayette City/Parish Council on new activities,
legislation and procedures affecting the disabled;
and to help increase opportunities for
employment for persons with disabilities.