Thomas Harkin Americans with Disabilities (THAD) Excellence Award Nomination

Each year we honor an outstanding member of the vocational rehabilitation (VR) community who has gone above and beyond in their service to people with disabilities. This lifetime achievement award, called the Thomas Harkin Americans with Disabilities (THAD) Excellence Award, is named in honor of retired Senator Thomas Harkin’s life-long push for disability rights.

Award criteria

Do you know a VR professional who exemplifies the following behavior and values? Please nominate them below.

  • Champion for the interests of people with disabilities
  • Longtime career service in the vocational rehabilitation (VR) community
  • Well-respected leader
  • Influential spokesperson for causes impacting people with disabilities
  • Innovative thinker and doer who has positively changed the industry

Read more about past winners Dr. Jeanne Loyd and Russ Cusack.


2019 nominations are closed. For future awards, if you know someone, please nominate below.

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