News Release

​Disability Awareness Annual Awards Call for Nominations
Posted: 9/16/2019 1:00 PM

 Nomination Deadline: October 4, 2019

 The Mayor-President’s Office Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities (ACCD) is calling for nominations for their annual awards ceremony. The awards are given to recognize individuals and organizations in Lafayette who are working to promote awareness, inclusion and progress for Lafayette’s disabled community.

Nominations will be accepted in the following twelve categories: 

Distinguished Merit Award                                         Educator of the Year Award

Employer of the Year Award                                      Family of the Year Award

Media Award                                                              Outstanding Direct Support Professional Award

Service Animal of the Year Award                             Outstanding Individual with a Disability Award

Veteran of the Year Award                                         Veteran of the Year Award

Youth of the Year Award                                            The Vickie Nettles Advocacy Award

Liam Doyle, Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Disability Awareness Coordinator is looking forward to this year’s event. “These awards are one of my favorite events of the year. It is with these awards that we are given the privilege to recognize the truly amazing people who work so tirelessly to help move Lafayette’s disabled community forward either by direct advocacy or helping someone with a disability to obtain their goals.”

All winning nominations will also be submitted for the 2019 Sate Gold Awards presented by the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs. At last year’s ceremony, four of the 14 awards were awarded to citizens of the Lafayette community. 

To be eligible, individual nominees must either live or work in Lafayette Parish and organizations for nomination must be located within Lafayette Parish. The nomination deadline is October 4, 2019.   More details including the 2019 The Mayor-President’s Office Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities Award Descriptions and Nomination Forms can be found HERE.

About ACCD
The Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities was created in 2007 to serve the disabled community in Lafayette Parish. This committee is made up of seven volunteer members that include people with disabilities, non-profit agency directors who work in the special needs field, civic, and university leaders. 

The committee meets monthly in order to discuss and address issues facing Lafayette’s disabled community and work with local and state officials to ensure the progress and overall betterment of all disabled citizens in Lafayette Parish.