"CHIRP" Winner of RSA Commissioner’s Award for Excellence
in Rehab Education
The CHIRP project has been awarded the RSA Commissioner’s Award for
Excellence in Rehabilitation Education and Training!
(Visit Wiki CHIRP for program details)
The Commissioner’s Award recognizes truly superior professionals and programs
that support the state-federal vocational rehabilitation (VR) program. It honors
excellence among state agency, educational and federal leaders. It is an
opportunity to share innovative and creative efforts with colleagues. The Award
for Excellence In Rehabilitation Education and Training was presented during the
awards luncheon at the National Rehabilitation Education Conference, November
5-7, 2008 at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA . A joint NCRE-CSAVR-RSA
review panel selected the Commissioner Award recipients. CHIRP received the
award in the Continuing Education Category.
To be considered for the award, nominees must be a current or past RSA training
grantee, have demonstrated an innovative training program, and have demonstrated
a special emphasis on partnering with the vocational rehabilitation program or
the public vocational rehabilitation community.
Congratulations to all of you for making the CHIRP program a spectacular
success! I believe the reason the CHIRP program was chosen is the outcomes that
the different CHIRP groups have produced. It is hard to argue with students
getting summer jobs, transportation initiatives, dynamic outreach programs, not
to mention the improved relationships and collaboration between IL and VR that
all of the groups have reported.
Special thanks to all of you who wrote letters supporting our nomination. Megan
Ibbotson, who was in charge of the competition, commented to me several times
about the strong support the project received. And she doesn’t even know the
half of it!
You all rock! Or, as my partner in crime, Julie Ballinger put it, “We work with
really stellar people!”
Thanks again for all of the work you do and for your commitment to helping young
people with disabilities succeed. You make us look good.