When cultivating an inclusive community culture, it is important to provide incentives, support, and recognition to people and organizations that further inclusive values. In this spirit, the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities established an awards program to encourage individuals to undertake activities that create inclusive communities while showing appreciation to those who demonstrate exceptional commitment and advocacy.


September 22, 2022


Colleen Fraser Self-Advocate Award: Bill Byrne
Elizabeth Boggs Family-Member Advocate Award: Melanie Ayers
Lifetime Achievement Advocacy Award: Diana Autin
Distinguished DD Systems Change Award: The Collaborative for Citizen Directed Supports

Access Above & Beyond Award: Ava Loveland
Exceptional Policymaker Award: Senator Joseph F. Vitale
Multi-Media Award: Gene Myers

Fellowship Inclusive Education Award: Tracy Rand
The Daniel J. Keating Award: Diane D’Orazio