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The Golisano Foundation Leadership Award was established in 2010 to recognize and honor individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary work: to expand access and improve health care services for people with developmental disabilities; change attitudes; and raise awareness for the gifts and talents of people with developmental disabilities.
Around the world, people with developmental disabilities are often society's most neglected population. Even right here at home, many have limited or no access to health care that could drastically improve or even save their lives. They have a greater risk for health issues, yet health care professionals are not trained in or experienced with caring for people with intellectual disabilities.
We can do better. We will do better.
The Golisano Foundation recognizes that change in the form of expanded access to quality health care, starts with each of us, and will become a reality as more people become educated, more involved, and advocate for improved health policies and programs.
We honor those today who have led the way and demonstrated their dedication to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities. They have listened, cared and taken action. They know that people with developmental disabilities have the right to acceptance and inclusion and promote this in their work. They value people with developmental disabilities as people who can contribute and be a vital part of the community, good students, good neighbors, and good workers.
With their example and leadership, we are hopeful that many more will follow in their footsteps. Together we can create a legacy of dignity and care.