Furthermore, the contributions of Catalyst Awards honorees 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 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.
—Peter V. Berns
The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.