Understanding Disability Awards
17 December 2012
In deciding to make the award, the judges were particularly impressed with:
Maggie's person commitment over many years, in leading a research team looking at visual problems for children with Down’ Syndrome.
Maggie's efforts in supporting a number of children in school over the years, including providing advice to parents and teachers.
Her team’s effort in raising awareness and advising the school staff on how to overcome vision difficulties for children with Down’s Syndrome in order to benefit classroom activity.
Maggie's research work receiving national recognition in various journals and publications.
The award was administered by the Understanding Disability Group, which includes parents of people with a learning disability from Cardiff and the Vale Parents Federation and representatives from other organisations in the two counties. The judges included parents, a parson with learning disability, Councillors, representatives from: the business community, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board, Social Services, Education and other organisation involved with learning disability.
There are six main categories of awards: a school, an individual, an employer, a local group/organisation, a child or group of children and a professional. This year, they have also introduced a Special Diamond Jubilee Lifetime Achievement Award for a dedicated individual showing life time commitment, in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee. The aim of the awards is to encourage good practice in improving attitudes in the community towards disability by, for example, the provision of information or including people with a learning disability in mainstream schools, employment or leisure activities.