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For Immediate Release

National Easterseals Names Sen. Dorothy Hukill 2016 Outstanding Advocate

State Senator, Dorothy Hukill

Easterseals (national) honored Sen. Dorothy L. Hukill, R-Port Orange, with a 2016 Outstanding Advocate Award during its June 13 Advocate Summit Awards Dinner, held in Washington, D.C. Easterseals created its Outstanding Advocate

Awards to honor elected and appointed public officials for their work to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, and for all.

Hukill’s accomplishments cover many areas, such as protecting and expanding services for children with disabilities, voting rights, transparency in government, economic development, tax relief for Florida’s families, and support for our military and veterans and the Arts.

In 2014, Hukill championed a $100,000 legislative appropriation to provide Autism Diagnostic and Functional Assessment to over 75 children at the Easter Seals Autism Center in Daytona Beach. The Easter Seals Autism Center received a similar appropriation in the budget cycle for 2016-2017, which allows Easter Seals of Volusia Flagler Counties to conduct early diagnosis and expand treatment for underfunded clients.

Hukill has been the State Senator for District 8 since 2012, representing parts of Volusia, Lake and Marion Counties, as well as serving as a State Representative for House District 28 from 2004-2012.

“We could not be prouder that one of our local representatives has been honored with such a prestigious award,” said Lynn Sinnott, CEO of Easter Seals Volusia Flagler Counties. “Senator Hukill’s advocacy efforts have directly and positively affected the very children and adults we serve throughout our two-county area, and I’m thrilled to see her acknowledged as a trailblazer for disability advocacy in our state. We thank her for her leadership, and are delighted to be some of those who have been on the receiving end of her passionate work.”

About Easterseals: For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for people and families facing disability. Through the work we do in communities across America, Easterseals is changing the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. Join us as we take on disability together at www.easterseals.com 

About the Easterseals 2016 Outstanding Advocate Award: In 1991, Easter Seals awarded its first Outstanding Advocate Award to recognize sustained efforts by elected and appointed officials that help forward Easter Seals’ mission to serve people with disabilities. Every honoree has gone the extra mile in making a difference for Americans with disabilities. Each believes that people with disabilities deserve a quality education, opportunities for employment, and access to health care, affordable housing, transportation and polling places.

About Easter Seals of Volusia and Flagler Counties: For more than 60 years, Easter Seals of Volusia and Flagler Counties has provided services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as support to their families. In Volusia and Flagler counties, Easter Seals directly serves more than 11,500 children and adults with disabilities with therapy, education, advocacy, recreation and support services. To connect locally with Easter Seals, advocate or explore resources, call 386-255-4568 or visit www.esvf.org.

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