Deadline for Nominations: September 15, 2017!
The Montana Association for Rehabilitation is comprised of vocational rehabilitation counselors, orientation and mobility specialists, independent living specialists, vocational evaluators, job placement specialists, job coaches, social workers, and teachers, students of rehabilitation, and rehabilitation program support staff and administrators. As professionals in the field of rehabilitation, we endeavor to reduce social barriers through increased disability awareness, and to promote work and independence for Montanans who live with disabilities.
MAR’s mission is to create a supportive environment in which committed individuals in the field of rehabilitation share goals, values, and experiences. This is done in an atmosphere of dignity, affirmation, celebration, and hope, promoting growth and fulfillment in ourselves, the field of rehabilitation and those we serve.
Dear Mar Members,
Attached is an Awards Nomination Form and Description of Awards for the 2017 MAR Conference. In order for us to screen and process awards for people in a timely manner and make it fair to all concerned, we need you to nominate your candidates and get us the paperwork by September 15, 2017.
Send award nominations and 3-5 supporting documents to:
48 2nd Avenue, Suite 213
Havre, MT 59501
Employment Achievement Award: An award recognizing a person with a disability who has gained or sustained employment. This award would acknowledge the person’s efforts, character, unique challenges and success in the pursuit of employment.
The Achievement Award: This is an award for technical and/or professional achievement in the field of rehabilitation. This award may be presented to a person or organization that has in the preceding years made a major contribution of importance to the increase of knowledge in the field of rehabilitation for it to the development of techniques for methods in the application of such knowledge or to the prevention of disability.
Eligibility for this award would be, for example, a) offer of a notable technical treaties of rehabilitation, b a physician for medical school that has discovered a new technique useful in rehabilitating certain groups of persons with disabilities, c) a research scientist for a laboratory whose work has led to the discovery of a prevention or cure for a disabling condition, d) a rehabilitation worker who has put into practice a new rehabilitation technique or method which has had an important effect on rehabilitation practice, e) higher education school systems aspiring to be rehabilitation professionals or contributing to the rehabilitation field.
The Presidents Award: This is an award for outstanding achievement on behalf of persons with disabilities. It is presented to an individual for an organization whose activity in the preceding years has made a major contribution to the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities on a state-wide basis, in an area not generally considered technical.
Eligibility for this award would be, for example, a) a member of the state legislature who has made a major contribution to the passage of legislation which increases rehabilitation opportunities for people with disabilities, b) a member of a profession or other group whose zeal for rehabilitation has heightened the interests and enlarges the contribution of that profession or group, c) a person with a disability whose example has [influenced] others as to affect a state-wide impact upon rehabilitation.
The Organizational Award:. The organizational award is presented to an organization with an outstanding record of service to persons with disabilities. The organization may be one whose principal objectives are in the rehabilitation field for one which, regardless of its major objectives, as demonstrated effect of concern for the care, treatment, education, or rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Eligibility for this award may be organizations that have made a contribution to the well-being or rehabilitation of persons with disabilities in activities over and beyond the purpose for which the organization was established. Nominees eligible for the organizational award would be: a) an organization that has established a unique service program to better serve persons with disabilities, b) an organization that has, through its initiative and creativity, developed programs which have contributed significantly to the rehabilitation movement on a statewide basis, and c) organizations that have acted as a catalyst in the community to better integrate, coordinate and develop services to persons with disabilities, and d) placement specialists.
The recipient of an organizational award may be nominated for its past or present program of activities and for its contributions during the preceding year or for a major contribution in preceding years.
The Montana Association for Rehabilitation Meritorious Service Award: This state award is to be given to an individual who has demonstrated years of faithful service and leadership to MAR through any segment or combination of segments of association activities or life. Emphasis is placed on both the length of service and levels of service and is to be given to persons only showing outstanding service for leadership both qualitatively and quantitatively. It might be given to a member who has provided outstanding membership effort and leadership for a period of years, or for example, a member who has been exceedingly active in chapter, division, and/or national committee(s) effort(s) and has demonstrated leadership for a similar period of time. Sustained membership in the Association is required.
Dr. Louis Allard Award: This award was established in 1966 to honor Louis Allard, M.D. for his many years of devoted service to persons with disabilities. It is not anticipated that each and every year such an individual will be identified as deserving of this award. Examples of those eligible for this award would be a) an individual who has devoted his life’s work, for major portion over the years, has greatly assisted persons with disabilities through the promotion of programs and encouragement of others through not directly providing service himself, b) an individual who has many accomplishments in various facets of rehabilitation work and may qualify for several of the other awards. An individual need not be a member of MAR to be eligible for the Dr. Louis Allard Award.
Counselor of the Year Award: This award is to be presented to a rehabilitation counselor “in recognition of the pursuit and attainment of excellence and counseling persons with disabilities.” This award honors a rehabilitation counselor who has made outstanding contribution to improve services or more effective use of existing resources and approaches for persons with disabilities. The counselor must have an active caseload and be employed to work with and for an otherwise assist a clientele of persons with disabilities toward a goal of greater independence. Nominations will be considered without regard to employment setting or professional affiliation. The nominee should have demonstrated the imagination and ingenuity and the use of human and material resources for persons with disabilities or use more effectively existing resources and approaches. Consideration will be given to the quality of service provided, irrespective of age, background, or experience of the counselors nominated. The counselor shall be selected by the awards committee prior to the annual MAR conference.
Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) of the year Award: This award is to be given to an individual who works for a Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) who has provided exceptional services to people living with disabilities. The honoree is a person who has made outstanding contributions, those considered “above and beyond” the call of duty, to help clients achieve their employment goals. Eligibility for this award requires the following criteria: The CRP must have an active case load and be employed full-time to work with and for and otherwise assist a clientele of persons with disabilities toward a goal of greater independence. Nominations will be considered without regard to employment setting or professional affiliation. The nominee should have demonstrated imagination and ingenuity in the use of human and material resources for persons with disabilities or use more effectively existing resources and approaches towards employment. Consideration will be given to the quality of service provided, irrespective of age, background, or experience of the CRP nominated. Accomplishments can be recognized by clients, the individual’s employer, funding sources such as VR, and by the recipient’s co-workers.
Supportive Worker of the Year Award: This award is for excellent performance in support service to persons with disabilities. The nominee should be employed in a support position for in a team member position. Accomplishments should be recognized by coworkers, supervisors, and the community. The nominee should exemplify individual achievement in the field of rehabilitation as well as in community activities.
Rehabilitation Award of the Year: This award is to be given to an individual who has made a significant contribution in the past year to the improvement of the life of persons with disabilities as part of a holistic, inter- disciplinary service delivery system, either professionally or in a volunteer capacity. They have participated in the continuous treatment, training or service delivery needs of persons with disabilities. These needs should encompass medical, psychological, psychosocial, recreational, and vocational for independent living needs of those with disabilities. The recipient should have demonstrated flexibility and creativity in dealing with the special needs of each person and have worked in a positive manner to emphasize individual abilities and support the rehabilitation process. Eligibility for this award would be, for example, a) an independent living skills instructor who has developed and implemented it created an innovative approach to instruction of living skills and training, b) a volunteer who has gone beyond the normal bounds or service in providing transportation to recreational activities, such as fishing or swimming, c) a job placement/job coach specialist who has shown excellence in the number and quality of placements made, d) transition worker, e) rehabilitation teacher or orientation and mobility specialist.
Employer of the Year Award: This is an award for an employer who’s compassionate and persistent efforts provide employment for people with disabilities and inspire others to do likewise. This award may be presented to a small employer that employs one person, or to a larger employer that provides employment for several individuals. Emphasis is placed on employer that provides an environment that allows for the individual with disabilities to be competitively employed and an opportunity for advancement and/or skill enhancement.
The Teacher/Educator Award: An award for excellence in teaching or education as it relates to successful transition services for students with disabilities. This person, through their work would exemplify the concepts of person-centered planning, service collaboration, inclusion, team building, professional development and a passion for their work. The awardee would have gone beyond the typical work requirements and sought out new teaching techniques, enhanced curriculum, developed new approaches to challenges or worked on pilot projects. (Persons eligible for this award could be: a special education teacher, a special education director, a paraprofessional, a school counselor or an individual connected with the delivery of transition services to youth with disabilities at the high school level.)
2006 MAR Awards
MAR Award History.xls
2006 MAR Awards.doc
2007 Award Winners.doc
2008 Award Winners.doc
2009 Award Winners.doc
2015MAR Awards Nomination Form-2(1).doc