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National Historic Recognition Project 2000-2020

 

The Recognition

An ongoing project by a consortium of national and regional disability organizations to recognize the contributions in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) has resulted in a slate of awards that have been presented twice, once in 1999, covering a century, and again in 2020, covering a 20-year span.

The National Historic Recognition Project: 2000-2020 is an effort by a dozen national and regional organizations to recognize the key individuals who have contributed to the transformation of the field of intellectual and developmental disability within the U.S. over the past 20 years. This project follows the 20th Century Historic Recognition Project, which recognized notable thought leaders in our field from the preceding 100 years.

Nominations for this recognition were accepted through December 2019. Due to the extraordinary situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not clear when selectees could be recognized at an in-person gathering; however, a commemorative booklet, 2020 National Honors Recognizing Significant Contributions in the Field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. Between 2000 and 2020 is now online that describes the honorees’ contributions.

Recipients of National Honors are recognized for their significant national contributions to or impact in the field of IDD in the U.S. between 2000 and 2020. These individuals or groups were often engaged in nationally significant research, practice, public policy, and advocacy initiatives that enhanced quality of life for people with IDD. 

Recipients of the honor of Essential Change Agents are recognized for their significant regional contributions to or impact in the field of IDD in the U.S. between 2000 and 2020. These individuals were often engaged in service, public policy, and advocacy initiatives that were significant in their region, contributed to the national dialogue, and enhanced the quality of life of people with IDD.

The project also honors the numerous Unsung Heroes who contributed to or impacted the field in the U.S. between 2000 and 2020 and notes their efforts to enhance the quality of life of people with IDD with gratitude.

Commemorative Booklets

2020 National Honors Recognizing Significant Contributions in the Field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. Between 2000 and 2020. (2020). National Historic Recognition Project 2000-2020.

20th Century Project: Significant Contributions of the 20th Century. (1999). Poughkeepsie, NY: The National Historic Preservation Trust on Mental Retardation.






National Historic Recognition Project 2000-2020