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The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities (ACPD) is pleased to announce its annual presentation of awards. You are encouraged to nominate residents for the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award and students with diasbilities seeking post-secondary education are encouraged to apply for the Gerry Bertier Scholarship.

John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award
The John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award was established in 1989 in memory of John Duty Collins III, a founder and Vice Chair of the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities. During his lifetime, Mr. Collins worked tirelessly to improve accessibility in facilities throughout Alexandria including the Courthouse, City Hall, and Chinquapin Center. Mr. Collins also served as co-chair of the task force that established the DOT Paratransit program. The award includes a $500 donation in the recipient’s name to an organization of the recipient’s choice that contributes to the promotion of equal opportunity for persons with disabilities within the City of Alexandria. Funding for the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award is provided by the Collins Family.

Gerry Bertier Scholarship
The Gerry Bertier Scholarship is awarded based on merit to a City of Alexandria resident with a disability or to a student with a disability attending a school located in the City of Alexandria who is seeking post-secondary education. The scholarship was established in honor of, and to recognize, the accomplishments of Gerry Bertier, a T.C. Williams High School graduate, who became severely disabled after he co-captained the Titans in their fabled 1971 football season. After being injured in an automobile accident that left him with a mobility impairment, he devoted his life to the service of persons with disabilities and became a strong advocate for disability rights. He went on to receive many gold medals in national and international athletic competitions and in 1981 he received the National Volunteer of the Year Award given by the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped. 

The awards will be presented at a reception, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, in the Vola Lawson Lobby at City Hall.  For additional information or to request a reasonable accommodation or alternative format please e-mail or call 703.746.3148, 711 Virginia Relay. 

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.


Support the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities

We welcome donations to support our scholarships and other programs.

421 King St., Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.3140, Virginia Relay 711
Fax: 703.838.4976

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.