Academy Award Nominations

2014 Wisconsin Statewide Transition Academy

Friday, October 17th, 2014
The Wilderness, Glacier Canyon Lodge
Wisconsin Dells

Help the WiTIG in recognizing the talented educators, family members, adult service providers and youth by nominating them for this year’s WiTIG Transition Academy Awards.

Effective transition planning is necessary for youth to successfully transition to adulthood. We would like to recognize and acknowledge those who have performed exceptionally in serving youth or as a youth in transition. We are seeking nominations for the following awards:

Distinguished Educator Award: This award will be presented to a special education teacher, transition coordinator, general education teacher, counselor, administrator, university professor or paraprofessional who has demonstrated dedication and commitment to youth with disabilities in the transition process. Award selection will be based on the recipient’s performance above and beyond typical job requirements and his/her focus on a student’s strengths and development of personalized services. Individuals in any education career are eligible for the Distinguished Educator Award.

Outstanding Family Member Award: This award will be presented to a parent, foster parent, guardian, caregiver or family member who has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to supporting a youth/youths transition needs. The award recipient will have made significant contributions to enrich the transition process for youth/youths disabilities through his/her understanding, persistence, generosity or ongoing support. Individuals in any family role capacity are eligible for the outstanding family member award.

Distinguished Adult Service Provider Award: This award will be presented to a person employed in an adult service agency that provides services to youth with disabilities in the transition process including but not limited to: postsecondary education disability coordinators, vocational rehabilitation counselors, benefits specialists, aging and disability resources staff, independent living staff, etc... Recipients of this award will have made significant contributions to improve youths experience transition to adulthood through his/her collaborative mindset, understanding, integrity and performance above and beyond typical job requirements. Individuals in any adult service provider capacity are eligible fore the Distinguished Adult Service Provider Award.

Outstanding Youth Award: This award will be presented to a youth who has shown strong self-advocacy skills, self-determination skills and has been a mentor to other youth in transition planning, education, employment or independent living. The award recipient will have made a difference in not only their life, but also the lives of other youth in Wisconsin. Youth between the ages of 14 and 25 are eligible for this award.

For nominations to be considered the following must be completed:
1. Nomination form available online at https://docs.google.com/a/cesa2.org/forms/d/1SboIj-wptKmj5c8qfRS50WliawbT8dra_PlvMReyioE/viewform
2. Use a separate form for each person nominated
3. Nominations will remain open through September 12th, 2014
4. Final Selections will be made by September 18th, 2014 and award recipients will be notified by September 19th, 2014
5. Recognized during the Awards Presentation at the WiTIG Academy on October 17th, 2014.