What’s the timeline? The deadline to submit a nomination package is Thursday, August 25th, 2022. Support materials, such as newspaper articles and support letters, may be submitted by mail/email until Thursday, September 1st, 2022. All nominees will receive recognition in an Awards Ceremony on October 21, 2022. The venue has not yet been decided.
What is new this year?
This year, we have broken out the sizing for businesses further, in the hopes of ensuring each category is more equitable. Please make a note of this change on the applicable nomination forms and see the matrix at the bottom of this page.
What are the Award Categories?
- Public, Private, and Non-Profit Employers (Small - 99 or less employees, Medium - 100 – 499 employees, Large - 500 or more employees: see matrix at the bottom of this page)
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
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 (email preferred).