Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities

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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 a disability or to a student with a disability attending a school located in the City of Alexandria who is seeking 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)
    Awareness Award
     
    • recognizing a business for promoting positive awareness among its employees of the needs of customers with disabilities
    Hiring Award
    • recognizing a business for a commitment to hiring persons with disabilities or aiding employees with disabilities in furthering  their careers.


The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities (ACPD), in conjunction with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, have announced the winners of their annual awards.

The following individuals will be recognized by the ACPD:

  • Anastasia Duenes, a student at Northern Virginia Community College, is the recipient of the Gerry Bertier Scholarship, which is awarded to an Alexandria resident or student with a disability who is seeking postsecondary education.
  • Brian Miller, former Chair of the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities, is the recipient of the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award, posthumously. The award recognizes an individual who advocates for and contributes to the promotion of equal opportunity for people with disabilities in Alexandria.

The following organizations will be recognized with Disability Awareness Awards by the ACPD and the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce:

  • Pink Fortitude will be recognized for its commitment to promoting positive awareness among employees about the needs of customers with disabilities and for making special efforts to render goods or services accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • Senior Services of Alexandria will be recognized for its commitment to providing critical services to the community amidst a global crisis.

About the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities

The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities (ACPD) is a  17 member volunteer resident at large 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."

Through its Executive, standing, and ad hoc committees, the ACPD focuses its work on issues related to transportation, accessibility, housing, employment, and public awareness.  The ACPD presents awards including the Gerry Bertier Scholarship and the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award.

The ACPD meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month in the Chet and Sabra Avery Room 2000 at City Hall.  The public is encouraged to attend.  For more information or reasonable accommodations, Miladis Martinez Gutierrez  at 703.746.3140, Virginia Relay 711 or acpd@alexandriava.gov.

For further information about the responsibilities of this board or commission, or to apply to serve on this board or commission, contact the City Clerk's Office at 703.746.4550.

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