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Awards given to Disability Rights Wisconsin

Awards Granted to the Agency
Year Award
2009 Appreciation Award from People First Wisconsin
2009 TASC Advocacy Award from National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) for “excellence in protecting & advocating for the rights of people with disabilities.” Especially for child advocacy, with respect to our successful lawsuit against the Milwaukee Public Schools and our multifaceted approach to reduce restraint and seclusion in schools and treatment settings.
2008 Commendation from Congresswoman Gwen Moore for being “on the forefront in helping hundreds of people move from institutions into community living arrangements.”
2008 Commendation from Governor Jim Doyle “in recognition of 30 years of outstanding service to the people of the State of Wisconsin.”
2008 Richard Blakely Organizational Achievement Award presented by Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.
2007 Voices of Courage Community Support Award presented by the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
2004 President’s Award presented by Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin
2003 Resolution from the Wisconsin Association for the Deaf “for past, present and continuing advocacy efforts on behalf of people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and their families.”
2003 Professional Service Award from NAMI Wisconsin for “working hard and tirelessly to improve the quality of life of those affected by mental illness.”
1999 Award for 20 Years of Making Waves presented to Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy (former name for Disability Rights Wisconsin) from WI Council on Developmental Disabilities.
Awards Granted to DRW Staff Members
Staff Member Year Award
Betsy Abramson 2007 Legal Association of Women’s Margo Melli Achievement Award
2002 Dan Tuchscherer Outstanding Public Interest Law Attorney Award presented by State Bar of WI Public Interest Law Section (2001)
1997 – 2000 Kellogg National Leadership Program presented by W.K. Kellogg Foundation
December 1997 Paul Lichterman Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Advancement of Legal Services for Older Persons
Barbara Beckert 2010 IL Advocacy Award, Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers
2009 Barbara Stein Building Bridges Award presented by National Council of Jewish Women
2007 Mental Health America of Wisconsin Advocate of theYear Award
Lynn Breedlove 2007 President’s Award presented by the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
May 2005 Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities Adult Services Award
2001 Outstanding Public Service Award presented by WI County Human Service Association
2001 Friend of County Government Award presented by WI Counties Association
1995 President’s Award presented by Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups
1994 Friend of People First Award
1993 Long Term Support Award presented by DHSS/DCS
1991 Community Advocate Award presented by DHSS/DCS
1990 Founders Award presented by The Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities (TASH) WI Chapter
Shirin Cabraal May 2010 Dan Tuchscherer Outstanding Public Interest Law Attorney Award presented by State Bar of WI Public Interest Law Section
(2009)
2009 Marquette University Law School Elder=s Advisor Award for Distinguished Service in Health and Elder Law
2006 Robert Bradford Smith Award for Advocacy on Behalf of People with Mental Illness presented by Transitional Living Services, Inc.
Jo Cauley 2010 Special Recognition Award from Arc – Dane County (2009)
Ellen Escalera 2011 Marquette University Law School Howard B. Eisenberg Service Award
2007 Backyard Hero Award presented by Community Shares of Wisconsin
Liz Ford 2009 Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division Quest for Excellence Award
Phyllis Greenberger 2006 Individual Advocacy for Children Award presented by Children Come First
Dianne Greenley 2009 Certificate of Commendation from Governor Doyle for 25 years on the HIRSP Board
2009 Eunice Z. Edgar Life Time Achievement Award from ACLU of Wisconsin
2009 Dan Tuchscherer Outstanding Public Interest Law Attorney Award presented by State Bar of WI Public Interest Law Section (2005)
2006 Long Term Support Award presented by DHSS/DCS
April 2001 Professional Services Award presented by NAMI WI
2002 Distinguished Social Workers Award presented by the National Association of Social Workers – WI Chapter
1998 Marygold Melli Achievement Award presented by Legal Association for Women
October 1995 Award of Excellence for Facilitating Consumer Dignity presented by Consumer of WI (PREVAIL)
June 1994 Joan S. Litigation Team Member Award presented by Legal Action of WI and its volunteer Lawyers Project
January 1992 Advocacy award presented by the Family Service & the F.A.S.T. Parent State Advisory Council
Mitch Hagopian 2006 Pro Bono Award for a Legal Services Attorney presented by the Wisconsin State Bar
Ellen Henningsen 2007 Pro Bono Award for a Legal Services Attorney presented by the Wisconsin State Bar
Tom Hlavacek May 2005 Robert Bradford Smith Award presented by Transitional Living Service
Joan Karan 2010 Equal Justice Fund Distinguished Service Award
Pat Kelly 1988 Victor J. Contrucci Outstanding Service Award from the WCDD
Monica Murphy 2011 Wisconsin Law Journal Women in the Law Honoree
2007 Equal Justice Fund Distinguished Service Award
2000 Award from NAPAS for her participation in the Chuck E. Cheese Case
Jeff Spitzer Resnick 2005 Equal Justice Fund Distinguished Service Award
2004 Arc Wisconsin Distinguished Service Award
Mark Sweet 2005 TASH Positive Approaches Award
Susan Tess 2000 Developmental Disabilities Network ‘Long Haul Award’