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Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Accessibility Professionals Association Announce Winners of 2013 Accessibility Awards

Wednesday, January 29, 2014  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD), in partnership with the Accessibility Professionals Association (APA), has announced the winners of the 2013 Accessibility Awards, which recognize businesses and organizations that go above and beyond the legal requirements to provide both physical and service accessibility to people with disabilities.

Nominations for the awards were submitted by individuals and organizations from communities throughout the state. Site visits and interviews were conducted by Registered Accessibility Specialists with APA and local community contacts familiar with disability service issues.

Winners of the 2013 Accessibility Awards will be honored at a ceremony in conjunction with the APA Annual Conference and Training on Thursday, January 30, at 11:30 a.m. at the Austin Marriott Hotel North in Round Rock. The ceremony is open to the public.

For more information on the awards and the event, contact Jo Virgil, Community Outreach and Information Coordinator for the GCPD, at (512) 463-5740 or , or contact Fred Cawyer of APA, at (972) 285-2445 or .

The 2013 APA/GCPD Accessibility Award winners are:

Children's Medical Center (Dallas)
Owner: Children's Medical Center of Dallas - Daniel Carney, VP Facilities Development and Operation; and Judson Orlando, Director of Planning, Design, and Construction
Design Professional: WHR Architects - Mark Vaughan, primary contact

Irving Convention Center (Irving)
Owner: City of Irving - Maura Gast, Executive Director, Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Tom Meehan, General Manager, Irving Convention Center
Design Professional: RMJM Hillier - Barbara Hillier, primary contact

Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas)
Owner: Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Dan Kohl, Vice President of Creativity and Innovation
Design Professional: Morphosis - Brandon Welling, primary contact

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