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Four Honored at Disability Awareness and Recognition EventFour Honored at Disability Awareness and Recognition Event<div class="ExternalClass84C54B5CF5AD476781DB91E115DB5D55"><p>The Mayor's Commission on Disability Issues (MCDI), Equal Opportunity Department and members of the disability community celebrated the 2019 Disability Awareness and Recognition event today. </p><p>“The MCDI plays a crucial role in creating a Phoenix that works for everyone," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “I can think of no better way to ensure that our city is working for all than having the people most affected by policy decisions take an active role in the decision-making process."</p><p>The awards ceremony honors individuals, organizations and businesses for their dedication and service to the disabled community. This year's recognition includes the lifetime achievement, business nonprofit, community service and educator awards.</p><p>The Detective Walter Olsen Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to someone who has made an impact for many years in the lives of individuals with disabilities. This award recognizes an individual, group, or organization that has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to those with disabilities and helped advance the full inclusion of all people in the community. </p><ul><li>Detective Walter Olsen Lifetime Achievement Award recipient: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FNrZOjKw&feature=youtu.be"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Michelle Campuzano </span></a> </li></ul><p>Each year, the MCDI recognizes a nonprofit business or government agency that maintains and implements opportunities for full inclusion in their mission and daily organizational activities. </p><ul><li>Nonprofit Business Award recipient: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J395wWxb8T4&feature=youtu.be"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Daring Adventures</span></a></li></ul><p>The Community Service Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution by providing and/or improving personal and community support for individuals with a disability, including, but not limited to, providing independence through more choice, information and control, advocacy efforts or improving the social participation of all people.  </p><ul><li>Community Service Award recipient: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A9-_MjQt1U&feature=youtu.be"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Lise Lindsay</span></a></li></ul><p>The Outstanding Educator Award is given to a teacher, school staff, or support person who has provided exceptional education, service and support opportunities to individuals with disabilities. </p><ul><li>Educator Award recipients: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UhTZ0Ffobk&feature=youtu.be"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Caroline Musselwhite and Deanna Wagner</span></a></li></ul><p>The MCDI addresses issues affecting people with disabilities in the city of Phoenix. The commission provides input on accessibility to city facilities and properties, and public transportation needs for people with disabilities. For more information, visit <a href="/eod"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">phoenix.gov/eod</span></a>.</p></div>11/8/2019 2:00:00 AMAlejandro Montiel602-534-3443