Disability Achievement Awards

The awards may be given to a group or individual who has made significant contributions to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities at the University of Maryland, College Park. Historically, there are five awards listed below.

The Awards presentation is usually held at the Disability Summit in April-May every two years.

Exempt Staff and Non-Exempt Staff (including Contingent Staff)

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Shows accomplishment as a University of Maryland employee.
  2. Shows evidence of ongoing concern, participation, and contribution in the area of disability issues.
  3. Active in campus life through participation in departmental or campus committees or other campus organizations which involve work on disability-related issues.
  4. Leads in the creation of innovative solutions to address challenges facing disabled communities.
  5. Active in community life beyond the University through services to disabled populations or contributions to improving sensitivity and awareness to disability-related issues.

About John W. King:

UMD Libraries' Archives, located at the Hornbake Library, have preserved photographs and other materials about John W. King. Read his biography to learn more about his life and contributions to the University of Maryland. 

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Shows accomplishment as a University of Maryland employee.
  2. Shows evidence of ongoing concern, participation and contribution in the area of disability issues through their teaching, research, scholarship, and/or service.
  3. Active in campus life through participation in departmental or campus committees or other campus organizations which involve work on disability-related issues.
  4. Leads in the creation of innovative solutions to address challenges facing disabled communities.
  5. Active in community life beyond the University through services to disabled populations or contributions to improving sensitivity and awareness to disability-related issues.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. Shows accomplishment as a full or part-time University of Maryland student.
  2. Active in campus life through participation in departmental or campus committees or other campus organizations/clubs which involve work on disability-related issues.
  3. Active in community life beyond the University through services to disabled populations or contributions to improving sensitivity and awareness to disability-related issues. Leads in the creation of innovative solutions to address challenges facing disabled communities.

The award honors outstanding contributions to the University’s equity efforts and/or best practices in serving the University community by a college, school, academic center/department, or administrative/student support unit. Nominees should be units that have made substantial contributions to the University’s goal of creating an institution of excellence through diversity in the area of disability.
Nominations should reflect outstanding ongoing contributions in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Achievement of innovations and/or outstanding successes in the recruitment, retention, and promotion of substantial numbers of disabled faculty and staff at all levels.
  2. Demonstration of innovations (instructional or non-instructional) in serving disabled students, faculty, staff or visitors.
  3. Demonstrates excellence (instructional or non-instructional) in the delivery of services to appreciable numbers of disabled students, faculty, staff or visitors.
  4. Demonstration of the inclusion of disability content in the program of instruction, where feasible.
  5. Active participation in disability issues in the community and beyond the campus.
  6. Indications of evidence of a supportive university climate that develops students’ academic persistence and creates self-empowerment conducive to the President’s goal for developing an institution of excellence through diversity.

Conferred upon the individual or team of individuals who:

  1. Provide organizational and motivational leadership for a short-term project or initiative that significantly impacts the campus community by raising awareness of disability issues.
  2. Promotes innovative solutions, scholarship or activities that address challenges facing disabled communities.