“Above all, what strikes me about Jeff and his advocacy is that he is a bulldog. Simply put: he will not quit. That is why he has succeeded in life, and that is why he has succeeded in his advocacy. He is an example to us all of what we can do if we work hard, and keep working hard.”
ADAP - Executive Director
“I first met Jeff around 10 years ago as I became involved as an advisor to a new chapter of a People First and also as the parent of a young self advocate. Jeff’s never wavering selfless pursuit for justice and equality for all Alabama citizens has been an example for all of us with the same values. His leadership for the Alabama Respectful Language Law in particular is a lasting tribute.”
State Coordinator - People First of Alabama
“Jeff is passionate about self advocacy and human and civil rights for people with disabilities. He is truly like the “Kudzu” plant we so love, persistent, ever growing and challenging all that it is in its way to cover the landscape with his message. This tenaciousness is the spirit of self advocacy.”
Ability Alliance - Executive Director
Jeff Ridgeway Advocacy Award
Do you have an advocate in your agency, workplace, or community who qualifies for the 2016 Jeff Ridgeway Advocacy Award? The Award, established soon after Jeff’s passing in 2015, recognizes self-advocates who have contributed significantly to the disability rights movement in Alabama. The Award criteria and nomination guidelines are found below and on the attached flyer. The deadline for nominations is Friday, July 22, 2016, at 5 p.m. Nominations should be sent to:
Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP)
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Or, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Award will be presented at ADAP’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, August 26, in Montgomery.
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The Jeff Ridgeway Advocacy Award Qualifications
The Jeff Ridgeway Advocacy Award shall be presented not more than annually in accordance with the following qualifications and considerations:
1. The Award shall be open to all persons with disabilities.
2. The recipient shall have reached at least 16 years of age at the time of nomination for the Award.
3. The recipient shall have demonstrated at least three years of experience in self-advocacy at the time of nomination for the Award.
4. The Award shall recognize a person who has a record of having demonstrated leadership in self-advocacy, preferably including cross-disability advocacy.
5. The Award shall recognize a person who has a record of having stated a vision for the future of the self-advocacy movement in Alabama.
6. Nominations for receipt of the Award shall be made in writing, and shall close not later than July 22, 2016.
7. Selection of the Award’s recipient shall be made by a committee of not more than five persons including the ADAP Director, who shall serve as chair.
The other members of the selection committee are:
a. President, People First
b. President, Wings Across Alabama
c. Amy Hinton (Advocate)
d. Vicki Turnage (Advocate)
8. Selection of the Award’s recipient shall be agreed by consensus.
9. If any of the persons identified to participate on the selection committee cannot serve, then that person’s logical successor shall serve in his/her place.
For a printed copy of the award qualifications, please click here.
Documents associated with Jeff Ridgeway
- 2015 - February 2015 - Jeffrey Wayne Ridgeway Obituary.pdf
- 2015 - August 2015 - Jeff Ridgeway Publication.pdf
- 2014 Spring SABE Newsletter.pdf
- 2014 - What is Leadership to you.pdf
- 2014 - My Vote Poem by Jeff.pdf
- 2014 - May 2014 - SABE News.pdf
- 2014 - May 31, 2014 - Jeff Ridgeway's fight.pdf
- 2014 - January 10, 2014 Jeff Ridgeway
- 2014 - August 2014 - Jeff Ridgeway Book.pdf
- 2014 - August 19, 2014 Video - Jeff Ridgeway.mp
- 2013 - December 2013 - It's My Job, It's My Life Employment Book.pdf
- 2013 - December 2013 - Employment.pdf
- 2012 - March 14, 2012 - Alabama health officials slowing down closure of mental health hospitals.pdf
- 2011 - December 28 - Alabama's last residential home for the mentally disabled closes - AssociatedPress122811.pdf
- 2011 - October 17, 2011 - Northport to vote on group home rules - TuscaloosaNews.pdf
- 2011 - October 17, 2011 - Disability advocates to protest Northport zoning laws limiting group homes - BirminghamNews.pdf
- 2011 - November 8, 2011 - Mobilian fights for the disabled, says zoning effort could spread discrimination -
- 2011 - December 29, 2011 - Partlow center closes after 88 yearsTuscaloosaNews122911.pdf
- 2011 - December 29, 2011 - Partlow center closes after 88 years.pdf
- 2011 - December 28, 2011 - Patlow officially closes in Tuscaloosa - WBRC.pdf
- 2011 - December 28, 2011 - PartlowClosed.pdf
- 2011 - December 28, 2011 - Partlow decision hailed as right - TimesDaily2.pdf
- 2010 - March 4, 2010 - Protesters seek funding for mental health programs.pdf
- 2010 - February 2010 - Delphi Survey Report.pdf
- 2009 - May 15, 2009 - Name, Alabama Media Portal.pdf
- 2009 - May 15, 2009 - Name, Alabama Media Portal.docx
- 2009 - July 2009 - ADAP newsletter.pdf
- 2007 Spring - Feature Issue on Disaster Preparedness and People with Disabilities.pdf