Awards

DPHMD has two awards named in honor of former DPHMD members who made a great contribution to the field of physical and health disabilities (Joan Wald Baken and Elizabeth Wetzel) and one award in honor of a long-time CEC member who left a generous donation to DPHMD in his will (Albert R. Goldsmith).  Nominations for awards should be submitted to Angie Juarez.   

Joan Wald Baken Award

Joan Wald Baken Award

The Joan Wald Baken Award was established in 1997 to honor the memory of the devoted member of DPHMD who dedicated herself to individuals with physical and health disabilities. Up to two awards are given annually to individuals whose accomplishments represent exemplary advocacy and educational practice. The recipient must be involved in direct delivery of services to individuals with physical and health disabilities in schools, hospitals, clinics, homes, or in the community. Self nominations or nominations by colleagues will be accepted. To apply for this award, submit the following to the current DPHMD president: 

Summary Statement: A 300-500 word narrative stating qualifications for the award including: (1) Lengths and types of service to persons with physical and health disabilities, (2) Description of service/advocacy efforts, (3) Outcomes achieved on behalf of persons with physical and health disabilities, (4) Future activities and goals, and (5) Resume or curriculum vita.

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Congratulations to our 2011 Joan Wald Baken Award Winner:   Pamela K. De Loach 

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Pam De Loach’s Accomplishments


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Congratulations to our  2009 Joan Wald Baken Award Winner: Dr. Kathryn Wolff Heller

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Dr. Heller’s Accomplishments


Picture of Dr. Muriel D SaundersCongratulations to our 2008 Joan Wald Baken Award Winner:  Dr. Muriel D. Saunders


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Dr. Saunders’ Accomplishments


 


Elizabeth Wetzel Scholarship Award

The Elizabeth Wetzel Scholarship awards up to $500 to student members of DPHMD working toward a teaching credential in physical and health disabilities. To apply for this scholarship, submit the following to the current DPHMD president:

Personal Information: Name, address, telephone number, email address, school attending, type of degree.

Summary Statement: A 300-400 word essay stating: (1) Professional philosophy, (2) Goals for teaching students with physical and health disabilities, (3) Statement of progress toward these goals, (4) Official transcript, and (5) Two letters of support from instructors and/or colleagues.

Congratulations to 2008 Wetzel Scholarship Winners: Elizabeth Dicker of New Jersey and Justine Ferry of Michigan



Albert R. Goldsmith Teacher Award

The Albert R. Goldsmith Teacher Award was established to honor a lifelong CEC member who left a very generous donation in his estate to DPHMD. Mr. Goldsmith was a teacher of students who were served in home placements in Pennsylvania; he made contributions in numerous ways to his community that impacted the lives of children with and without disabilities. The award will grant $250 to a teacher for instructional materials for students in general or special education classrooms, home settings, or hospital settings. Up to two awards will be given annually to teachers who teach students birth through 22 years old who have physical, health, or multiple disabilities. Applicants should (1) have been a member of DPHMD for a minimum of two years, (2) submit a statement that includes a description of how the money will be spent and what student needs will be met with the materials that are purchased, and (3) within three months of receiving the award, submit a short synopsis to be published in the DPHMD newsletter that describes how receiving the award made a difference to the students. To apply for this award, submit the following to the current DPHMD president:

*Personal information:  Name, address, telephone number, email address

*Summary Statement:  200-400 word narrative stating (1) length of DPHMD membership, (2) length of time teaching and population of students served, (3) description of how the money will be spent, (4) description of how the materials purchased will benefit directly students who have physical, health, or multiple disabilities, and (5) an acknowledgement and agreement that, upon receiving the money, you will submit a short synopsis or article to the DPHMD newsletter editor stating how the money was used and how it benefitted the students directly.