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.

The Inclusion Award and one Honorable Mention are presented annually to recognize private and public employers, individuals, and organizations that have successfully included people with disabilities in education, employment, housing, leisure activities, universal design, and website accessibility. Individuals are also encouraged to nominate state and local government divisions or employees they truly feel excel in inclusive practices.

The Governor’s Council on Disability will be accepting nominations for the 2021 Inclusion Awards in the fall. Please see the instructions for nominations for more information.

2021 Inclusion Award – Instructions for Nominations

2021 Inclusion Award Flyer

2020 Winners

Winner: St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

Winner: St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is one of the first destinations in St. Louis to be fully inclusive with universal design features throughout. When planning a visit, guests can view the accessibility page on the website to find a variety of accommodations that are available during their visit. The Aquarium also makes every effort to provide job opportunities for people of all abilities by embracing inclusive employment practices and hiring individuals with disabilities.

Honorable Mention: Job One, Independence

Honorable Mention: Job One, Independence

For more than 50 years, Job One has been providing opportunities for adults with disabilities. Services and supports include Community-Based Day Services, a Summer Work Experience Program for high school juniors and seniors, an Employee Resource Advocate, and an Advocacy Champions Program. Job One’s Neurodiversity Presentation provides advocacy and education to employers by sharing the benefits of hiring neurodiverse individuals.

For additional information, please contact the Council at 573-751-2600 or by email at gcd@oa.mo.gov.

Contact Information:

Governor's Council on Disability
301 West High Street, Room 620
P.O. Box 1668
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1668
(800) 877-8249 (v/tty)
(573) 751-2600 (v/tty)
(573) 526-4109 (fax)
E-mail GCD

Inclusion Award Winners:

2019 Winners

2018 Winners

2017 Winners

2016 Winners

2015 Winners

2014 Winners

2013 Winners

2012 Winners

2011 Winners

2010 Winners

2009 Winners

2008 Winners

2007 Winners

2006 Winners