2009 Paul G. Hearne AAPD Leadership Award Winners
(L-R) Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, Stephanie Enyart, Victor Pineda
Maureen McKinnon-Tucker of Marblehead, MA
Maureen McKinnon-Tucker began sailing when she was 20. She won a gold medal for sailing at the 2008 Paralympic games as the first woman to represent the U.S. in sailing at the games. McKinnon-Tucker works as an adaptive sailing coordinator at Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston and is a six-time member of the US Disabled Sailing Team. She wants to increase accessibility to sailing recreation for both disabled children and adults.
Stephanie Enyart of Berkeley, CA
Stephanie Enyart found her passion for disability law after reading a newspaper article that chronicled the denial of reasonable accommodations for California high school students with disabilities. Enyart decided to enroll in law school, eventually choosing the University of California at Los Angeles, where she became a founding member and president of the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities. Enyart, who graduated in December, plans to practice disability law and launch a national organization for lawyers with disabilities.
Victor Pineda of Los Angeles, CA
Victor Pineda is the founder and president of The Victor Pineda Foundation: an educational nonprofit that promotes the rights of young people with disabilities while focusing on using media to educate, inspire and inform young people with disabilities. Pineda’s is the project manager of The Disability Media Initiative, which will create a web-based, accessible interactive history of the disability community.
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