The Council is pleased to announce that Matthew Hellhake of McCall-Donnelly High School was selected to receive the Inclusive Education award for 2013. Mr. Hellhake was nominated for this award by Jo Lynn Garrison of McCall whose son, Scott, has Mr. Hellhake as his biology teacher. According to Jo Lynn, “Matt welcomed Scott into his Biology class with open arms. He has spent many hours developing materials to ensure that Scott is learning information relevant to his academic level and pertinent to the class curriculum. Matt does an exceptional job including Scott.”
Marilyn Sword, Executive Director of the Council will present the award to Mr. Hellhake at an assembly at the McCall-Donnelly High School on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:00 a.m. In addition to the award, Mr. Hellhake and the school will be presented with a grant of $500 to further pursue inclusive practices at the school.
The recipient of the Idaho Council’s 2012 Community Inclusion Award is the Treasure Valley YMCA – Caldwell Branch. This award recognizes a program, agency or group that demonstrates excellence in including people with developmental and other disabilities. What is outstanding about the Caldwell YMCA is that their staff looks at each person as an individual and makes whatever accommodation is needed for the person to participate in a class, program or activity. The facilities are very accessible and the staff are friendly and respectful to everyone, regardless of their interest or ability. The nomination was made by Jeri Hyslop, mother of a 17-year-old daughter who participates regularly in Y activities. As she indicated in her nomination, “The Y very much believes that all people are a part of the community. They are very deserving of this award!” In addition to an engraved glass award, the Y also received $500 to be used to further their inclusive practices. This presentation was made by Council Director Marilyn Sword to Caldwell YMCA Director Scott Curtis on August 21 at the Y’s regular Community Advisory Board meeting.
Disability Mentoring Day is an annual effort of the American Association of People with Disabilities that brings students and other young adults together with employers for informational sessions about career opportunities and one-on-one mentoring with volunteers at public and private places of employment. National Disability Mentoring Day events are held every year in October. For more information about Idaho Disability Mentoring Day projects click here.
Each year the Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities provides grants to teams in local communities to support their DMD activities. In October 2013 events will be held in three Idaho communities:
- Idaho Falls — October 16-18, 2013
- Twin Falls — October 16, 2013
- Moscow — October 23, 2013
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