Independence Inc. will award individuals and an organization for helping people with disabilities maintain access to the community.
Awards for individuals and an organization that helps advance independent living opportunities for people with disabilities will be presented today.
Independence Inc. will give out the 10th annual Community Access Awards at 3:30 p.m. today at the Independence Inc. offices, 2001 Haskell.
"It's a way of thanking people for what they've done and acknowledging them in a public way," Bob Mikesic, advocacy coordinator for Independence Inc., said. "These individuals and organizations are excellent examples for other people to follow."
The highest award, the Roger B. Williams Community Access Award, will be presented to Saunny Scott for her efforts in having the community include people with disabilities. Scott is founding member of Lawrence Faith Connections.
She has been an active member of Independence Inc.'s Access Task Force since 1988. She also serves on the boards of Trinity Respite Care, the Community Drop-In Center and the Coalition of Homeless Concerns.
A Community Access Award for an Individual will be presented to Gary Hawke, general manger of KJHK, 90.7 FM, the student radio station at Kansas University.
Hawke is a proactive advocate for students with disabilities at KU, according to Independence Inc.
Terry Wilkinson, a Lawrence carpenter, will receive a Community Access Award in the business category. For the last four years, Wilkinson has made rental housing more accessible for people with disabilities, according to Independence Inc.
The Community Access Award for an organization will be presented to Therapeutic Horse Riding Instruction of Lawrence, THRIL, for several years of providing horse-riding that combines sport, therapy, education and recreation for riders with disabilities.
An open house will take place at the Independence Inc. offices from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today.
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