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CORE Health Foundation Trustee Borel Wins National Award
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Austin, Texas, July 1, 2009 —The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) has announced that Dennis Borel, trustee for CORE health Foundation, Executive Director of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities and an advocate for people with disabilities, was selected to receive their 2009 National Advocacy Award, awarded in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes individuals for outstanding systems advocacy efforts consistent with independent living goals and philosophy at a national, state, or local level. NCIL selected advocates from 10 geographic regions. Borel competed against others from Texas as well as five other southern states.
The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals nationwide.
The selection committee noted that, since 2000, Borel has implemented a variety of innovative strategies that has resulted in not only removing legal and regulatory barriers to full participation in all aspects of the community but also shattered harmful stereotypes about people with disabilities.
Borel noted “We must tear down the architectural and attitudinal barriers and truly clear the way for people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of the community. Systems advocacy is the key to making all of this a reality. I accept this high honor on behalf of all who take on the challenge of systems advocacy.”
Borel has served as a gubernatorial appointee to the State Independent Living Council since 2001. He has also received national awards from the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, the Points of Light Foundation and received the University of Michigan’s James Neubacher Award in 2006.
About CORE Health Foundation
The mission of the CORE Health Foundation is to advocate for people with disabilities in novel ways through research, creation of public works and awareness projects that hasten the removal of attitudinal biases in our society. Its initial scope of activities include public works that create opportunities for people with disabilities to interact with the general public on equal terms and free of cultural stereotypes. Other disability awareness projects serve to educate the general population to help shape public attitudes. More recently, brain injury research has been included in the scope of the Foundation’s activities. For more information please visit www.corehealthfoundation.org
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