Awards

DPHMD has four awards named in honor of former DPHMD members who made great contributions to the field of physical and health disabilities (Joan Wald Baken, Pamela K. De Loach, Albert R. Goldsmith, and Elizabeth Wetzel).  Nominations for awards should be submitted to Angie Juárez


Joan Wald Baken Award
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The Joan Wald Baken Award was established in 1997 to honor the memory of a 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 Awards Committee chair or current DPHMD president: 

  • Personal information:  Name, address, telephone number, email address
  • 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
  • Resume or curriculum vita

Congratulations to the 2018 Joan Wald Baken Award Recipients: 

Dr. June Bigge
Dr. June Bigge
Click here to view information about Dr. Bigge's accomplishments. 
 

Christel Murphy

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Click here to view information about Christel Murphy's accomplishments. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Joan Wald Baken Award Recipients: 
Dr. Sherry Best
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Click here to view information about Dr. Best's accomplishments 
 
 

Dr. Adine Usher
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Past Recipients of the Joan Wald Baken Award

2011 Recipient:

Pamela K. De Loach 

Photograph of Pam De LoachClick here to view information about Pam De Loach's accomplishments

2009 Recipient:

Dr. Kathryn Wolff Heller
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Click here to view information about Dr. Heller's accomplishments 

2008 Recipient:

Dr. Muriel D. Saunders   photograph of Muriel SaundersClick here to view information about Dr. Saunders's accomplishments


Pamela K. De Loach Advocacy AwardHeading Graphic:  grey lines

pam.pngThis award honors the memory of long-time DPHMD member and past president, Pamela (Pam) K. De Loach.  As a young woman with cerebral palsy beforethe passage of the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (now IDEA), Pam had to fight to get a quality education.  In the 1970s, Pam had to fight to be accepted into a college teacher preparation program so she could become a special educator. She spent over 30 years as a teacher of students with severe and multiple disabilities and constantly advocated for her students to receive quality educational services. While teaching, she continuously had to advocate for herself in order to get reasonable accommodations to which she was entitled under federal civil rights laws.  In 2007, when DPHMD experienced a crisis resulting in attrition of leadership, Pam stepped up and served as president and treasurer for two years.  She is largely responsible for DPHMD remaining a viable division as she fought to rebuild the leadership and finances of the Division.  Pam served three years on the Council for Exceptional Children’s Board of Directors during which time she fought for small divisions, including DPHMD.  In 2011, Pam underwent a double lung transplant due to pulmonary fibrosis, again having to fight for herself as a candidate with a disability.  After her surgery, she became an advocate for organ donation.  On December 7, 2017, Pam passed away, leaving her mark on her family, friends, colleagues, and students as well as the field of special education, particularly DPHMD. 

The Pamela K. De Loach Advocacy Award honors individuals or groups who demonstrate strong advocacy on behalf of themselves or others who have physical, health, or multiple disabilities.  Up to two recipients (individual or group) are awarded annually.  Recipients of the award do not have to be DPHMD members, but the person nominating the individual or group needs to be a member. To nominate yourself, another person, or a group for this award, submit the following to the Awards Committee Chair or current DPHMD president: 
  • A brief biographical sketch of the nominee;
  • a descriptive narrative of advocacy efforts including how advocacy affected persons with physical, health, or multiple disabilities;
  • a statement of the relationship between the nominator and nominee; and
  • if the nominee is an individual who works with people with physical, health, or multiple disabilities, a résumé or curriculum vita.
Recipients will be recognized at the annual Council for Exceptional Children Convention.
 

In February, 2018, the first award was presented in honor of Pam to her family.  Click here for information about presentation of the award.


Albert R. Goldsmith Teacher Award 

Heading graphic: grey linesThe Albert R. Goldsmith Teacher Award was established to honor a lifelong CEC member and former DPHMD president 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 Awards Committee Chair or 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.  

Congratulations to our 2018 Albert R. Goldsmith Award winner, Krystal Carrillo.


Elizabeth Wetzel Scholarship AwardHeading Graphic:  grey linesThe 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 Awards Committee Chair or 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 past Wetzel Scholarship winners:  Elizabeth Dicker of New Jersey and Justine Ferry of Michigan