IMG_2493Congratulations to our Award Winners for 2014!

National Media Award — The Crash Reel, HBO Films
Through this wonderful film, audiences worldwide have been able to “meet” an ordinary family thrust into extraordinary circumstances.

Education Award — Just Like You – Down Syndrome
For promoting inclusion and acceptance in the community and for educating professionals who want to teach inclusive values within the school setting.

Pueschel-Tjossem Memorial Research Award — Marilyn Bull, Indianapolis, IN
For clinical work, research and leadership in the development and publication of the Down syndrome healthcare guidelines.

Christian Pueschel Memorial Citizen Award — Megan Layton, O’Fallon, MO
For enhancing positive public awareness of Down syndrome by embodying the “More Alike Than Different” message.

Exceptional Meritorious Service Award  – Bernie Veldman, South Bend, IN
For the invention of the SureStep orthotic system which has improved walking patterns for individuals with Down syndrome throughout the world.

Sig Pueschel NDSC Service Award — Jay Silverman, Owings Mills, MDIMG_2649
For countless hours devoted to the NDSC, both during the convention weekend and well beyond. 

National Parent Group AwardDown Syndrome Association of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
For providing significant resources, both educational and social, that DSAJ provides to families in their area; and for guidance and participation on the NDSC Partnership Alliance.

Convention Service AwardDown Syndrome Indiana
In appreciation of outstanding support of of the 2014 NDSC Convention

Employer of the Year Award — Walgreen’s, Deerfield, IL
For their initiative to hire and support employees with disabilities in their extensive network of retail stores.

President’s AwardYvonne Maddox, Bethesda, MD
For leadership in the creation of the NIH Down Syndrome Consortium which launched DS Connect, the Down syndrome patient registry.

President’s Award Patti Saylor, New Market, MD
For commitment to finding justice for Ethan and saving other families from a similar tragedy through tireless advocacy in Maryland, on Capitol Hill and beyond.

Board Service AwardJose Florez, Boston, MA; Martine Hobson, Memphis, TN; Carol Mills, Northport, AL; Tony Piontek, New Iberia, LA; Brooks Robinson, Pittsburgh, PA
In appreciation for service to the NDSC