All Awards will be presented at Stonewall Resort on October 24 & 25, 2017
The Entrepreneurship Award is given to an entrepreneur with a disability who has displayed skills, leadership and initiative necessary to successfully own (at least 51%) and operate a for profit business in the private sector.
Meritorious Service Award
Named for a West Virginia citizen who has made a major difference in the state. Presented for public recognition of extraordinary contribution in support of WVADE’s goals. This award is reserved for an individual who demonstrates an exceptional degree of service to people with disabilities. Note: This award is not necessarily presented each year.
The Media Award is presented to an individual or organization that has produced and released media that has made a contribution in creating employment opportunity for persons with disabilities. This includes any local newspaper or magazine article, radio, tv, or social media.
Employee of the Year
This award is presented to a West Virginia citizen who has a disability, whose employment attests to the strengths and talents employees with disabilities contribute to the economic life of the community, and whose selection would encourage the employment of other persons with disabilities.
CRP of the Year
This award is presented to a CRP that has demonstrated innovation and excellence in creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
DRS Counselor of the Year
This award is presented to a DRS counselor that has significantly performed above the call of duty.
This award is presented to a State government official (employee or elected) that has contributed significantly to improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Distinguished Service Award
This award recognizes exemplary service provided by a citizen as a volunteer helping people with disabilities.
Employer of the Year Award
This award is presented an private sector employer who is a role model in providing outstanding retention opportunities for persons with disabilities.