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Carolina Parent Receives the '2018 Media Award' for Print for Disabilities Coverage

The Raleigh Mayor's Committee for Persons With Disabilities presented the award on Oct. 30

Carolina Parent PlaqueThe Raleigh Mayor's Committee for Persons With Disabilities presented the "2018 Media Award for Print" to Carolina Parent in acknowledgement of the magazine's coverage of issues related to families dealing with disabilities and special needs issues during a banquet held Oct. 30 at the Raleigh Brownstone/DoubleTree by Hilton in Raleigh. The committee hosted the banquet to recognize local employers, businesses, agencies and individuals that reveal an understanding of the value and full meaning of access to employment, business, local government services and the community, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The 2018 banquet, chaired by committee member Tara Waters, was themed “The Journey and the Joys of Disability Advocacy,” with North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Analyst Erika Hagensen as the featured speaker. ABC 11's Joel Brown served as master of ceremonies.

Awards were presented in the following categories, and winners are listed for each (some categories have multiple winners):

  • Employers of the Year: North Carolina State University Campus Enterprises (large employer), Trader Joe's (medium employer)
  • Lockhart Follin-Mace Advocacy Award: James Benton
  • James E. Meekins Award: Stanley James Ferell
  • Excellence in Transportation: Alliance of Disability Advocates
  • Excellence in Housing: Helen Wright Center, Urban Ministries of Wake County
  • Excellence in Recreation: PineCone (Piedmont Council of Traditional Music), Arts Access North Carolina
  • Media Award in Television: ABC 11
  • Media Award for Print: Carolina Parent
  • Media Award for Radio: Nicole M. Clagett of Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center​ and host of Aging Matters” on 680 WPTF (Clagett also writes for ABC 11)
  • Excellence in Education: ABE TOPS, Wake Tech Community College
  • Supervisor of the Year: Barry Tracey

Carolina Parent picCarolina Parent Publisher Katie Reeves accepts the 2018 Media Award for Print from Banquet Committee Chair Tara Waters.Carolina Parent was recognized for its annual inclusion of special needs-themed feature stories and resource directories in the April and Education Guide issues; as well as for offering digital coverage of special needs issues in the website's Special Needs section and Special Needs Resources directory.

"As a community, it is important that we support people with disabilities so they can function to the highest level possible," says Carolina Parent Publisher Katie Reeves. "For many, this begins in childhood. Educating and engaging parents is critical. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts by the Mayors Committee for Persons With Disabilities."

The original article ran in Carolina Parent on October 31, 2018.

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