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The Arc Tennessee Annual Awards 2023
The Arc Tennessee Awards

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.

Award Categories & Criteria

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

Honors a DSP with $500 whose first allegiance is to the person he/she supports, who demonstrates the DSP Code of Ethics. The DSP Code of Ethics can be found HERE

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.

Self-determination Award

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.

The Arc Tennessee 2022 Award Winners

Congratulations to all The Arc Tennessee award winners of 2022!

  • Jessica Wyatt
    Jessica Wyatt Self-Determination
  • Dana Evans
    Dana Evans Outstanding Medical Professional
  • Edley’s Bar-B-Q
    Edley’s Bar-B-Q Inclusive Employer
  • Claire Kopsky
    Claire Kopsky Public Awareness
  • Rachel Ritter
    Rachel Ritter Exemplary Educator
  • Andrew Braach
    Andrew Braach Work Initiative
  • Matthew Lineberry
    Matthew Lineberry The Jake Award
  • Wanda Willis
    Wanda Willis Presidential Award
  • Sadie Hill
    Sadie Hill Promising Young Leader
  • Friends Life Community
    Friends Life Community Agency of Distinction
  • Paige Correia
    Paige Correia Outstanding Therapist
  • Patsy Webb
    Patsy Webb Direct Support Professional Above & Beyond
  • Jasmine King
    Jasmine King Ruth Roberts Sibling Award
  • Missy Thompson
    Missy Thompson Community Service
  • Carrie Hobbs Guiden
    Carrie Hobbs Guiden Roger Blue Award
Tennessee Support & Training for Exceptional Parents Winners

Congratulations to the three TNSTEP award winners of 2022!

  • Chase Willis
    Chase Willis Wesley Rice Youth Advocate of the Year
  • LaShaunda Massey
    LaShaunda Massey Wayne Parker Advocate of the Year
  • Tamara Tuckson
    Tamara Tuckson Wayne Parker Advocate of the Year
Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES Direct Support Professionals 2022 Winners!

Congratulations to the five ECF CHOICES Direct Support Professional Winners of 2022!

  • Domanique Sutton
    Domanique Sutton Community Connector West Tennessee
  • Melissa Moore
    Melissa Moore RISING STAR & Community Connector East Tennessee
  • Roberta Marburger
    Roberta Marburger Employment Champion East Tennessee
  • Britney Yop
    Britney Yop Community Connecter Middle Tennessee
  • Billy Fly
    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.

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