WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Easter Seals awarded members of state and municipal governments its 2007 Outstanding Advocate Awards during Easter Seals annual convention currently being held in Washington, D.C. Easter Seals created its Outstanding Advocate Awards to honor public officials -- elected and appointed -- for their work to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, and for all.
"These public officials are leaders in giving people with disabilities greater opportunities for independence, access and choice," said Elgin Manhard, chairman, Easter Seals National Board of Directors, during the awards luncheon. "Each of them shares our vision of a nation where people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play in their communities."
The following officials receiving the Easter Seals 2007 Outstanding Advocate Award have had a significant and positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities:
-- Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle for his work to give people with
disabilities and seniors greater opportunities for independence, access
-- Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannerman for being an outspoken advocate for
people facing extraordinary challenges in day-to-day life, specifically
around helping people with autism, cerebral palsy and diabetes;
-- Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Dennis O'Brien for helping to provide
children with disabilities, especially those with autism, appropriate
resources and educational opportunities;
-- New York Lieutenant Governor David A. Patterson for his lifelong
advocacy for people with visual and physical disabilities;
-- California State Senator Darrell Steinberg for his work around autism,
mental health and education;
-- Iowa State Representative Andrew Wenthe for his support of providing
necessary services and supports to Iowa farmers with disabilities and'/>"/>
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