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Recognizing the impact of deserving individuals
The Arc Tennessee’s annual awards event is a positive experience, dedicated to highlighting those who go above and beyond in the disability community. One of the most inspiring events of the year, The Arc Tennessee Awards 2023 will be held in-person on Wednesday, May 24th at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville, TN.
View the complete list of awards.
Agency of Distinction Award
Honors a public or private community organization that provides exemplary supports and demonstrates a commitment to community inclusion for people with disabilities.
Community Service Award
Honors an individual or group who has demonstrated commitment to the mission and positions of The Arc by volunteering time locally or on a statewide basis to enhance opportunities for people with disabilities or working on special projects or events.
Direct Support Professional (DSP) Above and Beyond Award
Exemplary Educator Award
Honors a Tennessee educator or leader in education who has demonstrated excellence in providing for the education of students with developmental and other disabilities. Nominees for this award may include teachers, principals, administrators, school board members, college faculty or researchers.
Inclusive Employer Award
Honors a Tennessee employer with an exceptional record of providing inclusive community employment opportunities and accommodations for people with disabilities.
Outstanding Therapist Award
Honors a licensed therapist who demonstrates exemplary service and goes the extra mile when motivating, inspiring, and connecting with an individual(s) with disabilities. Nominees for this award may include an occupational therapist, physical therapist, behavioral therapist, speech language pathologist, developmental therapist or feeding therapist practicing in Tennessee.
Outstanding Medical Professional Award
Honors a medical professional who has given outstanding care and contributed to improving the overall quality of life for individuals with disabilities. Nominees for this award may include a physician, surgeon, nurse practitioner, physical assistant, nurse, clinical dietician, clinical psychologist, or other licensed medical professional practicing in Tennessee.
Promising Young Leader Award
Honors an individual (under age 22) or a group whose members are age 22 or younger, who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential as seen in volunteer efforts on special projects or events that enhance opportunities for people with disabilities in their community.
Public Awareness Award
Honors outstanding efforts by state and local media entities or individuals that create better public understanding of people with disabilities. The award recognizes a variety of broadcast, print, and internet mass media, including – television, radio, newspapers, magazines, books, podcasts, and blogs.
Ruth Roberts Sibling Award
Honors a sibling (brother or sister) of a person with a disability who, through their community involvement and advocacy efforts, creates an environment that fosters inclusion for all.
Honors an outstanding self-advocate who is a role model for others.
The Jake Award
Honors a person whose advocacy connects people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the supports and services they need to be fully included members of the community, across their lifetime.
Work Initiative Award
Honors a person(s) with disabilities who shows the initiative to start and/or operate his/her/their own business or an employee with a disability who has had a positive impact on their work environment.
Congratulations to all The Arc Tennessee award winners of 2022!
Jessica Wyatt Self-Determination
Dana Evans Outstanding Medical Professional
Edley’s Bar-B-Q Inclusive Employer
Claire Kopsky Public Awareness
Rachel Ritter Exemplary Educator
Andrew Braach Work Initiative
Matthew Lineberry The Jake Award
Wanda Willis Presidential Award
Sadie Hill Promising Young Leader
Friends Life Community Agency of Distinction
Paige Correia Outstanding Therapist
Patsy Webb Direct Support Professional Above & Beyond
Jasmine King Ruth Roberts Sibling Award
Missy Thompson Community Service
Carrie Hobbs Guiden Roger Blue Award
Congratulations to the three TNSTEP award winners of 2022!
Chase Willis Wesley Rice Youth Advocate of the Year
LaShaunda Massey Wayne Parker Advocate of the Year
Tamara Tuckson Wayne Parker Advocate of the Year
Congratulations to the five ECF CHOICES Direct Support Professional Winners of 2022!
Domanique Sutton Community Connector West Tennessee
Melissa Moore￼ RISING STAR & Community Connector East Tennessee
Roberta Marburger￼ Employment Champion East Tennessee
Britney Yop Community Connecter Middle Tennessee
Billy Fly Employment Champion Middle Tennessee
The Arc Tennessee Awards 2023
The Arc Tennessee Awards 2023 we be held in conjunction with the Tennessee Disability MegaConference in Nashville, TN.