Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities
The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities (ACPD) is seeking applications and nominations for the Gerry Bertier Scholarship, the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award, and two Disability Awareness Awards in conjunction with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.
Gerry Bertier Scholarship
The Gerry Bertier Scholarship is awarded based on merit to a City of Alexandria resident with disability or to a student with a disability attending a school located in the City of Alexandria who is seeking a post-secondary education.
John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award
The Collins Award recognizes an individual who advocates for and contributes to the promotion of equal opportunity for persons with disabilities within the City of Alexandria.
Disability Awareness Awards in conjunction with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce
- An Alexandria business that makes a commitment to promote positive awareness among its employees of the needs of customers with disabilities or otherwise makes special efforts to render its goods or services accessible to persons with disabilities.
- An Alexandria business that makes a commitment to hire persons with disabilities or aid employees with disabilities to furthet their careers.
The deadline is April 30 and the awards will be presented at a reception at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in the Vola Lawson Lobby at City Hall. If you need additional information, a reasonable accommodation, or an alternative format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.746.3148, Virginia Relay 711.
About the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities
The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities (ACPD) is a 17 member volunteer citizen body appointed by the Mayor and City Council to provide advice to the Mayor, City Council, and City Manager on policies, programs and legislation affecting Alexandria's residents with physical and sensory disabilities.
Its mission is "to promote the rights of persons with disabilities by advocating for equality, dignity and independence through advising the community and advancing public awareness."
The ACPD is composed of 14 citizen members, a representative of the Alexandria Commission on Aging and two representatives of the business community (one from the Chamber of Commerce and one at-large). A majority of the citizen members are persons with disabilities.
Through its Executive, standing, and ad hoc committees, the ACPD focuses its work on issues of transportation, accessibility, housing, employment, and public awareness and awards including the Gerry Bertier Scholarship and the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award.
In addition, the ACPD makes recommendations regarding the City's Diversity Plan and provides a forum for the expression of concerns and problems by persons with disabilities.
The ACPD meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the Chet and Sabra Avery Room 2000 at City Hall. For more information or reasonable accommodations, the City's ADA Program Manager, Mike Hatfield, can be contacted at: 703.746.3148, Virginia Relay 711.
For further information about the responsibilities of this board or commission, or to apply to serve on this board or commission, contact Jackie Henderson or Lora Love in the City Clerk's Office at 703 746-4550. Click here for board and commission vacancies.
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