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Disability Advisory Board's Community Recognition Awards#

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The Disability Advisory Board presents the 2023 Community Recognition Awards!  Recognizing those who work for the advancement of people with disabilities in our community.

Every year the Disability Advisory Board (DAB) recognizes individuals, businesses and agencies in our community who work to enrich the lives of people with disabilities.

Eligibility Requirements#

Any person, business, or agency is eligible for consideration. There is no Fort Collins residency requirement, but recognized work must have been done within the city of Fort Collins.

Nominations will be accepted through  Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023.

Submit A Nomination#

Nominations may be submitted online. Alternative nomination submissions will be made available upon request. For more details, please contact

Submit an Online Nomination

Recognition Categories#

This year, the DAB is accepting nominations in eight different categories:

Dorothy Lasley Memorial Award: Recognizes a person with a disability who is an active voice in the community, championing for the rights of all people with disabilities. This award is in honor of Ms. Lasley, who worked tirelessly throughout her lifetime toward removing both architectural and attitudinal barriers for citizens with disabilities.

Diversity and Inclusion Employer Award: Recognizes an individual employer who provides authentic work opportunities for people with disabilities or who creates a positive, supporting workplace for others who work with those with disabilities.

Inclusive Services Excellence Award: Recognizes a business, organization, or service provider that provides exemplary and life-enriching services to people with disabilities.

Kindness Ambassador of the Year: Recognizes an individual who volunteers their time, effort, and heart to make our community a kinder and more compassionate home for people with disabilities.

Life-Changing Worker Award: Recognizes an employee of any organization who embraces their daily call to do impactful, life-changing work for and with people with disabilities.

Community Impact Inspiration Award: Recognizes an individual, business, or organization that exemplifies the spirit of Fort Collins not only in their acts of kindness, but also in their passion for creating change and their respect for people with disabilities.

Inclusive Teaching Excellence Honor: Recognizes an administrator, teacher, or paraprofessional who stands as an advocate for students with disabilities to ensure educational access and equity in the classroom -  preschool through post-secondary.

2023 Awards Reception: Save The Date#

Individuals and organizations selected to receive an award will be recognized at a formal dinner at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023, at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins, 80522


Please contact Melanie Clark at (970) 416-4312 or email with any questions.