FREEPORT, Maine – The Disability Rights Center will honor during its 12th annual dinner outstanding members of the Maine community who have worked to enhance and promote equality, self-determination, independence and inclusion of people with disabilities. The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport.
“Our annual dinner is an opportunity to recognize some of the inspirational leaders who are making a difference every day in the lives of people with disabilities,” said Kim Moody, executive director of the Disability Rights Center. “This year’s award winners have broken down walls for high school athletes, dedicated decades to effective legislative and legal advocacy and created innovative programs focused on helping people with disabilities live and work independently.”
The 2012 Equal Access for All Award will go to Christina Kouros, a high school student from Cape Elizabeth. Through her inspirational perseverance and dedication to Nordic Skiing and track, Christina developed into a world-class athlete, while breaking down barriers to participation for other students with disabilities who wish to be involved in high school sports.
The 2012 Helen M. Bailey Advocacy Award will go to Chris Hastedt, public policy director for Maine Equal Justice Partners. The award recognizes individuals who have worked to create a positive change for Maine residents with disabilities. During her 40-year advocacy career, Hastedt played an instrumental role in advancing human dignity and the quality of life for countless Mainers.
The 2012 Disability Rights Center Business Award will go to KFI, a Millinocket service provider that has created a nationally recognized program for providing personalized community supports and integrated employment for people with disabilities. KFI was founded 50 years ago and has grown into a leading advocate for civil rights and a mentor for other organizations around the country that support people with disabilities.