Disabilities Commission Seeking Nominees for Annual Awards

Alexandria, VA – The Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities (ACPD) is seeking applications and nominations for the Gerry Bertier Scholarship, the John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award, and two Disability Awareness Awards in conjunction with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.

Gerry Bertier Scholarship

The 2018 Gerry Bertier Scholarship was presented to T.C. Williams High School Student, Jayla Gaskins, who would like to study journalism. Photo by Lucelle O’Flaherty

The Gerry Bertier Scholarship is awarded based on merit to a City of Alexandria resident with a disability or to a student with a disability attending a school located in the City of Alexandria who is seeking post-secondary education.

John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate for Persons with Disabilities Award

The John Duty Collins III Outstanding Advocate Award given in 2018 recognized Josh Baker, General Manager of DASH Bus, as an advocate for persons with disabilities. John Duty Collins III’s sister, Susan Collins, and his 98-year old mother, Virginia Collins, were present for ceremony. Photo by Lucelle O’Flaherty

The Collins Award recognizes an individual who advocates for and contributes to the promotion of equal opportunity for persons with disabilities within the City of Alexandria.

Disability Awareness Awards in conjunction with the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce

  1. An Alexandria business that makes a commitment to promote positive awareness among its employees of the needs of customers with disabilities or otherwise makes special efforts to render its goods or services accessible to persons with disabilities.
  1. An Alexandria business that makes a commitment to hire persons with disabilities or aid employees with disabilities to further their careers.

The deadline is April 30 and the awards will be presented at a reception at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, 2019, at City Hall.

Application and nomination forms can be found and submitted online at https://www.alexandriava.gov/ACPD. If you need additional information, please contact Miladis Martinez Gutierrez at 703.746.3140 or email ACPD@alexandriava.gov.

To request a reasonable accommodation or an alternative format, e-mail mike.hatfield@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.3148, Virginia Relay 711.