With over 5,000 members in 55 countries, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Texas Chapter (AAIDD), enhances the quality of services and provides meaningful opportunities and choices for people with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and their families by exchanging information and ideas, while also advancing the knowledge and skills of individuals in the fields.
This year, AAIDD hosted its 43rd Annual Convention in Corpus Christi and proudly started the conference with the founders of “John’s Crazy Socks”, John Cronin and his father Mark. The three-day event focused on the theme “Recover. Rebuild. Rejuvenate.” It reflected on the challenges faced by Texas in the last year with the hope of providing additional tools for success through information sharing and learning sessions that empowered leaders in the field to face everyday trials with a renewed sense of purpose.
On the second day of the conference, AAIDD focused on individuals who stand out through their dedication of serving people with IDD. The award field covers leadership, excellence in education or research, provision of direct supports, promotion of self-advocacy, and a student award of excellence in knowledge and empowerment.
Scott McAvoy, Vice President of Operations at Marbridge, received the “Knowledge Award for Excellence in Education or Research”. This honor recognizes significant contributions to the dissemination of knowledge in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities through education and/or research.
“Over the past 16 years, Scott has proudly stood behind our mission and advocated for inclusion, accessibility, funding, and rights for our residents and all who have special needs as far as his reach and influence can go,” commented James Stacey, CEO. “Marbridge is incredibly proud that others in our field recognize the amazing work Scott has done to assist and empower our Training and Education department, resident employment opportunities, and all programs throughout campus to be as innovative and impactful as they can.”
Anybody can make a nomination to AAIDD year-round, and the individuals nominated do not need to be a member. We hope that if your family has personally seen the amazing work being done by an employee or leadership individual at Marbridge, you would consider nominating that person through AAIDD (AAIDDtx.org) or any other organization.