At a ceremony at the UC Santa Barbara campus on June 9, the Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies emphasis at the Gevirtz School will present the 2010-11 Thomas G Haring Memorial Awards honoring achievement in special education. The winners are: Amber Bharoocha of the 2011 Thomas Haring Fellowship; Kimberly Beth Weiner of the 2010 Thomas Haring Fellowship; Florene Bednersh of the Thomas Haring Distinguished Career Award; Mike Ruef of the Thomas Haring Award; and Natalie Holdren of the Thomas Haring Distinguished Teacher Award.
The Thomas Haring Fellowship was established by the Haring family as a memorial to their son who was a beloved professor at UC Santa Barbara. Haring was an extraordinarily creative researcher and an advocate for people with disabilities as well as an excellent teacher and mentor and the award is presented to a doctoral student who embodies his enduring principles. The 2011 recipient Amber Bharoocha is being recognized for her work in the area of behavioral intervention and parent training. Her research represents a long-term commitment to the understanding of family-professional partnership and improvement of quality of life for children with developmental disabilities and their families. The 2010 recipient Kimberly Weiner is being recognized for her outstanding work as an instructor, trainer, and researcher. Her research represents a genuine commitment to the improvement of quality of professional training and inclusion for students with disabilities.
Florene Bednersh is receiving the Thomas Haring distinguished Career award in honor of her life's work on behalf of students with disabilities and their families. She is recognized for her consistent leadership and unwavering commitment to the education of children with disabilities, their families and teachers. Mike Ruef is receiving the Thomas Haring Award in recognition of his tireless efforts on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. His work represents the best in leadership, citizen activism, and advocacy. Natalie Holdren is receiving the Thomas Haring distinguished Teacher Award for her outstanding contributions to teacher training and improvement of instruction and inclusion for students with disabilities.
[The awardees available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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Photo caption: The 2011 Haring Award Winners (L-R): Mike Ruef, Florene Bednersh, Natalie Holdren, Amber Bharoocha, and Kimberly Weiner.