The AAPD Hearne Leadership Awards Program
Paul G. Hearne: A Legacy of Leadership
AAPD founder Paul G. Hearne was a passionate advocate for increased employment of people with disabilities. Paul opened doors for thousands through his leadership of Just One Break, an employment agency for people with disabilities in New York City, and The Dole Foundation for Employment of People with Disabilities in Washington, DC.
AAPD is the product of Paul’s vision: an organization that would promote economic power and public participation for people with disabilities, while cultivating the next generation of leaders. Hearne Award winners are his living legacy.
Each year, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to and for the broader disability community. Two individuals, who are emerging as leaders in the cross-disability civil rights movement, will each receive $10,000 to help them continue their progress and further connect their work with the national outreach of AAPD. The recipients of the 2014 Hearne Leadership Awards will also star in a short documentary film about their work and have an opportunity to attend and network with national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC.
This year, AAPD will once again recognize outstanding individuals personifying leadership, advocacy, and dedication to and for the disability community at large. Two individuals, emerging as leaders in the cross-disability civil rights movement will each receive $10,000 to help them continue their progress as leaders and further connect their work with the national grassroots of AAPD. The recipients of the 2014 Hearne Leadership Awards will also have an opportunity to meet and network with national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC in March 2014. U.S. residents with any type of disability are eligible to apply.
The electronic application for the 2014 Paul G. Hearne Award can be found here. For an accessible word version of the application, please click here. Winners will be announced sometime in early January.
Meet the 2013 Hearne Award winners: Anjali Forber-Pratt and George Gallego
Anjali Forber-Pratt is a Paralympics medalist and co-author of an educational children’s coloring book about disabled athletes – Color Learn & Play: All About Sports for Athletes with Physical Disabilities. Her focus for the next three years will be designing a “two strand” speaker series for schools and other organizations, that serve underrepresented populations; as well as working with inpatients at rehabilitation hospitals. Watch her video here.
George Gallego is the Founder and CEO of Wheels of Progress, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, that focuses on creating housing for young people with disabilities, who are currently living in nursing homes or are at risk of being institutionalized, because their homes are not accessible. Watch his video here.
Meet previous Hearne winners:
- AAPD applauds New York City decision to make 50 percent of taxi fleet accessible to people with disabilities
AAPD Press Team | 12/06/2013
- AAPD Announces Winners of the NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship
AAPD Press Team | 11/06/2013
Meet previous Hearne winners:
- 2011 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners
- 2010 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners
- 2009 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners
- 2008 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners
- 2007 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners
- 2006 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners
- 2004 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners
- 2003 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners
- 2002 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners
- 2001 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners
- 2000 Paul G. Hearne Award Winners