The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards are being bestowed for the first time and in recognition of Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., a visionary and tireless advocate for people with disabilities. These awards will identify and recognize contemporary members of the global disability community who through their actions and achievements have, are or will profoundly impact the quality of life of people with disabilities. Nominees may come from sectors such as, but not limited to, business, innovation, education, military, health care, nonprofit, entertainment, athletics, government, public service, and emerging leaders.
U.S. Senator Robert Dole, Academy Award winning actress Marlee Matlin and the Honorable Luis Gallegos of Ecuador are co-chairing our Selection Committee comprised of notable figures from around the world.
The Viscardi Center is a network of non-profit organizations that provides a lifespan of services that educate, employ and empower children and adults with disabilities.
The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards honor the Center's founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. Born with shortened limbs, he devoted his life to educating the public, including employers and elected leaders, serving as a disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents, and advocating on behalf of all people with disabilities.
Nominate an influential individual who has aided the disability community for these prestigious, international Awards. Individuals with any type of disability, of any age, from around the world are eligible. Nominations will begin to be accepted in October.