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NCE Distinguished Professional Awards

Executives of chapters of The Arc are working feverishly all over this country to make America a better place in which to live for people with cognitive, intellectual and developmental disabilities, along with their families, friends and communities. The NCE Award Program recognizes these executives for their outstanding efforts to fulfill the mission, core values and position statements of The Arc. Begun in 1980, the program honors the professional excellence and achievement of NCE members and those persons outside the membership who make significant contributions on behalf of our constituency 

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 The NCE Awards will be presented during The Arc's National Convention. 

Diversity and Cultural Competency

This award recognized chapter Executive Directors/CEOs who have successfully leveraged the skills of their staff to provide innovative program(s) that meet the needs of a diverse I/DD community.

The Executive Excellence Award

This award is granted each year to a chapter Executive Director/CEO whose career exemplifies the fulfillment of the mission, core values and position statements of The Arc. This is the highest honor bestowed by the NCE. 

Exemplary Career Leadership

This award recognizes chapter Executive Directors/CEOs retiring during the period of November 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016, who have demonstrated a high level of commitment to The Arc, having been part of The Arc movement for at least ten years.

Exemplary Mentor

This award recognizes chapter CEOs/Executive Directors whose mentorship of one or more NCE member(s), has resulted in the mentees’ demonstrated professional growth.

The Lifetime Achievement Award

This award recognizes an individual who is not a member of the NCE and whose lifetime work has significantly contributed to the mission, core values and positions of The Arc.

The Outstanding Professional Achievement Award

This award recognizes NCE members who live by the core values of the Arc by providing leadership resulting in a significant improvement in supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Program Innovation

This award recognizes chapter Executive Directors/CEOs whose chapters have successfully designed and implemented an innovative program to meet the needs of people with I/DD in their community.

The Rising Star Award

This award recognizes a professional from The Arc's chapter network in their first five years as executive director, president or CEO who has made significant contributions to their chapter. 

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