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NCE Distinguished Professional Awards

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

Diversity and Cultural Competency

Nominees will be 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. This Executive has recognized the need for a unique approach to addressing the concerns of a specific diverse population within their community, and successfully created an environment that supported staff to create innovative solutions to delivering needed services and supports. Examples of factors that make the targeted community diverse can be due to race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, refugee and/or immigrant status, geographic location, being members of the military, having low-incomes, etc. A winning program will be one that has been put in place specifically for the chosen population, or an existing program that has been altered effectively to meet the needs of the chosen population.  

Executive Excellence 

Nominees will be Executive Directors/CEOs who has demonstrated a high level of achievement. These executives have made significant contributions to NCE, and fulfilled the mission, core values and position statements of The Arc. This is the highest honor bestowed by the NCE. 

 

Exemplary Career Leadership

 Nominees will be Executive Directors/CEOs retiring during the period of November 1, 2015 and September 30, 2017. Nominees will have demonstrated a high level of commitment to The Arc, having been part of The Arc movement (employed by a chapter and/or serving on a chapter’s or the national Board of Directors) for at least ten years. Throughout their tenure as Executive Director/CEO, they have made significant contributions to their chapters and to the people with I/DD and their families that they serve.

Exemplary Mentor

 Nominees will be CEOs/Executive Directors whose mentorship of one or more NCE member(s), has resulted in the mentees’ demonstrated professional growth.

Lifetime Achievement 

 Nominees will be advocates or self-advocates who have demonstrated a high level of dedication to fulfilling the mission, core values, and position statements of The Arc throughout their career. These nominees have made significant contributions to people with I/DD and their families they serve in a variety of ways. Examples include but are not limited to: research, community outreach, program design and/or implementation, local or national advocacy, policy analysis, and policy-making. Nominees should not be NCE members.

Outstanding Professional Achievement 

 Nominees will be current NCE members (senior leadership team members or chapter staff) who have demonstrated a high level of achievement. These NCE members have made significant contributions to their chapters and to the people with I/DD and their families that they serve. They have been recognized and valued not only by their peers, but also the communities they work in.

Program Innovation

 Nominees will be 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. A successful program will have either been implemented within the past two years or will be a current program that has been transformed, and is demonstrating measurable outcomes to the community and in their chapter.

Rising Star 

Nominees will be current NCE members in senior leadership or management positions who have been in this role for five years or less. These NCE members are making significant contributions to their chapters and communities. Nominees also possess the potential to take on increasing levels of professional leadership and responsibility in their continued service to people with I/DD and their families.

Questions, please contact Ilyse Kramer at kramer@thearc.org.