Advocates Kent Crenshaw and Elouise Woods were each awarded the second annual “Jeff Ridgeway Advocacy Award” at ADAP’s Joint PADD and PAIMI Council meeting on August 28, 2015.
The awards were presented by Amy Hinton, a member of ADAP’s PAIMI Council and Brittany Gore, President of People First of Alabama.
Crenshaw is the Executive Director of the Montgomery Center for Independent Living. In presenting the award, Hinton cited the numerous local, state and national disability policy issues in which Crenshaw is involved, including long term care concerns, assistive technology access, and rehabilitation services. Crenshaw’s work with university students was highlighted; his students say he helps them see persons with disabilities as people first, rather than categorizing them by what society perceives they can and cannot do.
Gore traced Wood’s three-decade history in the state’s self-advocacy movement, starting with being a founding member and the first President of People First of Alabama, to championing the closure of the state’s institutions, to her recent support of employment initiatives for persons with disabilities, an issue dear to Jeff’s heart. In nominating her for the award, one of her People First peers said this of Elouise: “she knows how to speak up for people with disabilities.” Jeff would be proud!
Top Photo: Elouise Woods with Brittany Gore and James Tucker receiving 2015 Jeff Ridgeway Award. Middle Photo: Advocate Kent Crenshaw being awarded the second annual “Jeff Ridgeway Advocacy Award” from Amy Hinton and James Tucker. Bottom Photo: Kent Crenshaw with students, Amy Hinton and James Tucker.
To get a copy of qualifications for the 2016 Jeff Ridgeway award, click here.