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MCDD Partners Honored for Leadership in Self-Advocacy and Diversity

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December 22, 2014
Ken Capone AUCD Leadership Award
Ken Capone accepts the AUCD Leadership in Self-Advocacy Award

On November 11, 2014, two MCDD associates were recognized by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) with leadership awards. Ken Capone, public policy coordinator for People On The Go of Maryland, received the Leadership in Advocacy Award, which is given to an outstanding individual who has exhibited exceptional leadership and self-advocacy skills in the area of developmental disabilities. In his nomination, Mr. Capone was described as "a nationally recognized self-advocate leader who travels extensively speaking about his life and self-advocacy. He is a moving and motivational teacher and mentor, and has worked with legislators, judges, families, professionals, and many others to advance the purposes of self advocacy."

Dr. Harolyn Belcher AUCD Leadership Award
Dr. Harolyn Belcher accepts the AUCD Leadership in Diversity Award

Dr. Harolyn Belcher, Kennedy Krieger faculty, received the Multicultural Council Award for Leadership in Diversity, which recognizes leadership and commitment to advancing programs and practices aimed toward increasing the diversity, cultural, and/or linguistic competencies (in curriculum, services, supports, research, and recruitment) within a center and the AUCD network. A clinician who oversees research activities at Kennedy Krieger's Family Center, Dr. Belcher was selected based on her demonstrated national leadership in the advancement of programs that increase diversity and for championing programs for families from diverse and underserved populations.

MCDD Shares Expertise with National Leaders

On November 10, 2014, MCDD representatives presented several posters at the annual AUCD Conference, a national meeting of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities from around the country. Program staff and trainees presented a wide range of topics including children's mental health, mediation in special education, principled negotiation, and extracurricular programs for students with DD.