At a ceremony at the UC Santa Barbara campus on May 15, the Special Education, Disability, and Risk Studies emphasis at the Gevirtz School presented the 2009 Thomas G Haring Memorial Awards honoring achievement in special education. This year’s winners are: the Haring Memorial Fellowship – Sharon Elmensdorp; the Distinguished Parent Award – Laurie Jordan; the Distinguished Teacher Award – Adrianne Adam; the Distinguished Career Awards –Laurie Bryant, Lois Capps, and Ann Lippincott.
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. This year’s recipient Sharon Elmensdorp is being recognized for her work in the area of early diagnosis, field supervision, and training of professionals. Her work represents a commitment to inclusion, early diagnosis and intervention, and long term commitment to individuals with autism.
Laurie Jordan received her award in recognition of her tireless efforts on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families. Her work represents the best in parent leadership, citizen activism and philanthropy. Adrianne Adam, a teacher at Kellogg Elementary School in Goleta, was recognized for her outstanding contributions of instruction and inclusion on behalf of students with severe disabilities within the general education setting.
Laurie Bryant, a teacher in the Santa Barbara County schools, is recognized for her life’s work on behalf of students with disabilities and their families. Lois Capps, U.S. Congresswoman, was recognized for consistently advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. Ann Lippincott, Associate Director of the Teacher Education Program at UC Santa Barbara, was honored for her outstanding commitment to training general education teachers that are highly competent in working with children with disabilities.
[Sharon Elmensdorp is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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