Star Staff Reports
The Memphis Center for Independent Living has opened nominations for this year’s Achievement in Access award (often referred to informally as the “Advocate of the Year” award).
Each year MCIL recognizes an individual in the Memphis area who provides extraordinary accessibility, exemplifies the Independent Living philosophy and reflects the life of Deborah Cunningham.
Nominations should be for efforts to provide equal access to people with disabilities and create a welcoming, inclusive environment. The nomination form is online at bit.ly/MCIL-Award-2019.
The deadline to submit nominations is June 28.
The person making the nomination should provide the nominee’s name and contact information.
Preferably, the person making the nomination will provide his/her own name and contact information as well, but anonymous nominations are also accepted.
MCIL staff members will choose the recipient from the submitted nominations on July 1.
The winner will be awarded at the Deborah Cunningham Access Awards Benefit, which will feature
dinner, dancing and recognitions. The July 26 event celebrates the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as advocates who continue working to make a difference.
The benefit will be 6-9 p.m. July 26 at the Crosstown Concourse, featuring Hope Clayborn and Soul Scrimmage with guest Joyce Cobb.
Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for a table for eight.
For more information about tickets or sponsorships, call (901) 726-6404.
MCIL offers comprehensive Independent Living Programs that provide people with disabilities with the advocacy, training, resources and peer support needed to live independently.