The Governor’s Council on Disability’s annual Inclusion Award program recognizes and honors a Missouri resident, organization or business that illustrates excellence in leadership for best inclusion practices. Innovative universal design and assistive technology concepts that incorporate people with disabilities also may be submitted. The winning award and honorable mention are presented annually at the Power Up assistive technology conference.

The nomination form for the 2018 Inclusion Award will be available this fall.

The Governor's Council on Disability has determined the winners for 2017.

2017 Inclusion Award winner: Talent Connect, UCP Heartland, St. Louis

Talent Connect, a program of UCP Heartland, is changing the way hotels in the St. Louis metropolitan area fill open positions by offering a single point of entry for businesses and streamlining the hiring process. UCP staff partners with regional adult service providers and state departments to source potential program candidates. More than 53 individuals with a disability have been hired by collaborating St. Louis area hotel and hospitality companies. Because of the program’s unique design and embedded on-site supports, 85 percent of these employees have retained their position, many receiving awards and accolades from their managers.

Honorable Mention: Kate Hannon, St. Louis Arc

Kate Hannon’s career as an early educator and inclusion advocate spans more than 30 years. For many families in the St. Louis area, Kate was the person who “opened the door” to inclusion for their child. As a therapist working in homes, as a teacher in the classroom, and an advocate and program director, Kate’s commitment to inclusion has made a lasting impact on the St. Louis Community. Kate currently serves as a senior director of Belle Children’s Services of St. Louis Arc, where she oversees programs serving more than a thousand young children and families each year.

Contact Information:

Governor's Council on Disability
301 West High Street, Room 840
P.O. Box 1668
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1668
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