Published: Sep 03, 2008 10:38 AM
Modified: Sep 03, 2008 10:38 AM
In recognition of her quarter century as a forceful advocate for people with disabilities, Elizabeth Ellen Perry of Carrboro has been named the winner of the 2008 Jack Hefner Award by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Perry's accomplishments ranged from the community level, where she got automatic doors installed at the Carrboro Town Hall and chaired the Carrboro Transportation Advisory Board, to the state level, where she was key to advancing a self-determination resolution in North Carolina, and her service on the state Council on Developmental Disabilities.
"Ellen Perry personifies the qualities the Hefner Award represents, leadership, achievement and life experience that promote a positive and fulfilling vision of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities," said Holly Riddle, executive director of the council. "All who know her have witnessed her passion and commitment to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families."
The Hefner Award honors Jack B. Hefner, the father of a son with intellectual disabilities, who served the state as a member of the council from 1982 until his death in 1994. Known to friends and associates as "Big Jack," Hefner was willing to do whatever was needed to enhance the quality of life for North Carolinians affected by disability. He inspired advocates and people with disabilities to work hard for the full inclusion of everyone.
The 34 member Council on Developmental Disabilities seeks to support effective, innovative initiatives that involve activities that improve the lives and promote community inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The council awards federal grants to grass roots advocacy groups, government agencies, disability nonprofits and other community organizations.
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