The Arc’s Catalyst Awards have been created to recognize individuals, businesses, and other organizations that are catalysts for achievement in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Each honoree has done something remarkable that helps fulfill The Arc’s mission to promote and protect the human rights of people with I/DD. Their work embodies what inclusion truly means.
Furthermore, their contributions are of national significance because they advance public understanding and acceptance of people with I/DD in a variety of arenas—from employment and philanthropy to education and media. Each award illustrates what can be achieved and how we must move forward to create a fully inclusive society. The goal of these awards is to turn a national spotlight to individuals and organizations that are setting an example of what civil rights for people I/DD should be.
The avenue to true equality for people with I/DD will not be paved by a single person or organization, but by thousands who share a vision and a passion.
This is our opportunity to find those like-minded leaders in fields both inside and outside of our network who are trailblazing to make the future more inclusive. This isn’t about the accomplishments of one; it is about the collective achievements of a powerful movement. The Arc’s Catalyst Awards will inspire future advocacy and empower others to follow in the footsteps of these champions of inclusion.
—Peter V. Berns