What’s the timeline? The deadline to submit a nomination package is Tuesday, August 31st, 2021. Support materials such as newspaper articles and support letters may be submitted by mail/email until Tuesday, September 7th, 2021. All nominees will receive recognition in an awards ceremony in the fall 2021.
What is new this year?
To simplify the nomination process, GCDE volunteers and staff are responsible to collect the required photos and release forms
What are the Award Categories?
- Public, Private, and Non-Profit Employers
Honors employers for their efforts to recruit, hire and advance individuals with disabilities
- Youth Employer
Honors employers who support youth with disabilities through employment preparation and job skills training
- Direct Support Professional
Recognizes an outstanding professional whose career provides long-term supported employment services to individuals with intellectual, developmental and/or psychological disabilities
- Governor's Trophy in Memory of Carolyn Blair Brown
Honors an individual with a disability who has developed or influenced programs, services, legislation, etc., resulting in positive outcomes enhancing the empowerment of individuals with disabilities in Washington State
- Toby Olson Lifetime Impact Award
The Toby Olson Lifetime Impact Award process is presented in the Nomination Packet and can be found on the GCDE’s Website
What is in this Nomination Packet?
Nomination Instructions and Process
Award Nomination Templates
Letter to Employer Advising of Proposed Nomination
Employer “Congratulations!” Form Letter
About the GCDE: The Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment administers the Governor's Employer Awards Program and other activities. It provides statewide advocacy and leadership to empower the disability community to obtain equality of opportunity and maximum independence.
To request an application in alternate formats or if you have questions, need assistance in filling out the nomination packet or help using the SurveyMonkey, please contact Emily Heike via phone: 360.890.3776 or email: GCDEAwards@esd.wa.GOV