Chicago, June 27, 2014
Easter Seals recently honored a handful of state and federal government members with its 2014 Outstanding Advocate Award during the organization’s recent Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC. Easter Seals created its Outstanding Advocate Awards to honor public officials—elected and appointed—for their work to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, and for all. Among the nominees is Joseph P. Helm a state appointed official from Alabama who is a champion for Alabamians with disabilities.
Joseph P. Helm, The assistant commissioner of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services has played an integral role in Easter Seals Alabama’s efforts to build projects and develop new programs and grants. He is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities as well as their families. In total, his work with the agency is approximated at over $9 million in programs, leases, and personnel. Helm is well regarded in his community and praised for his skill in coordinating programs and maintaining stability and growth of services in his state.
Easter Seals 2014 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
Easter Seals is the leading non-profit provider of services for individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities and other special needs. For more than 90 years, Easter Seals has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play. Support children and adults with disabilities at www.easterseals.com.