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IA APSE would like to Congratulate Ashlea Lantz, the 2015 recipient of the APSE Rebecca McDonald Award!

Rebecca McDonald was a tireless advocate for supported employment and dedicated friend and promoter of APSE. She passed away in August of 1999 after a long and valiant struggle with breast cancer. She was one of supported employment's greatest advocates, serving APSE in various ways for 11 years. She was the organization's founding Vice-President, served as its President for three years, and was an officer for the APSE Foundation until a few months before her death. Rebecca deeply believed in the principles APSE was founded upon, and she supported and encouraged others to give and share resources to make those principles a reality.

To honor Rebecca's contributions to APSE and the employment of people with disabilities, this award is offered to APSE chapter members who demonstrate exceptional leadership, tireless volunteerism and extraordinary commitment to the mission and vision of APSE in their work with their state chapters. Ashlea's tireless promotion of the principles of APSE and her work to influence change in statewide policy in Iowa was recognized at an Awards Ceremony on June 24, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA during the APSE National Conference.


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