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AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards open to Applications

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards 

Through the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. Two (2) individuals will each receive $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions and $7,500 to further a new or existing project or initiative that increases opportunities for people with disabilities. The recipients of the 2021 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards will be honored among national disability leaders at the 2021 AAPD Leadership Awards Gala which will be held virtually in Spring of 2021. More information can be found on AAPD’s Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award page.

Application deadline: Wednesday, October 28 at 5:00pm ET.

 

Headshot of Tara Ahern. She has blonde hair and green/brown eyes. She is wearing a black lace shirt.

Tara Ahern is a disability advocate and photography business owner from Evanston, IL with degrees from New York University (B.A.) and DePaul University (M.S.). Her passion for disability rights stems from her own experiences living and loving with mobility and mental health disabilities as well as wanting to live in a world where disability is no longer a barrier to inclusion and equality. With the 2020 Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award, Tara focuses on the important intersection between sexual violence and disability in Illinois. Tara engages survivors with disabilities, rape crisis centers and service providers in doing collaborative regional and statewide work aimed at improving services, policies and opportunities for people with disabilities. She will work with local teams to organize around this intersection, facilitate trainings and supporting the creation of advocacy empowerment groups.

 

Ola Ojewumi is an activist, journalist, and a community organizer based in Washington, DC. With the 2017 Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Award, Ola expanded her 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Project ASCEND. Project ASCEND sponsors college scholarship and community grant programs that equip youth with civic engagement opportunities. Project ASCEND was founded in 2011; their mission is to create higher education opportunities for marginalized and disadvantaged young people across the globe. They provide college scholarships to low-income and disabled youth, funding for women’s education programs, support for mentorship groups and literacy programs. Their initiatives have reached hundreds of young people living in Washington, D.C., West Africa, and Central America.

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AAPD is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As one of the leading national cross-disability civil rights organizations, AAPD advocates for the full recognition of rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities. To learn more about AAPD, visit www.aapd.com.

 

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