Martha Mock Named 2012 Marc Gold Innovative Practices in Transition Award Winner
Disability transition expert Martha Mock, assistant professor who holds joint appointments at the Warner School of Education and the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics, has been selected for the 2012 Marc Gold Innovative Practices in Transition Award from the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT). Mock will accept the national award at the 2012 DCDT International Conference in Denver, Colo. on Thurs., Oct. 25.
The award, named after Marc Gold whose innovative “Try Another Way” approach opened the door to employment for many students with severe disabilities, was founded in 1981 to recognize and honor the achievements of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated innovation in transition services.
“Dr. Mock has the ability to systematically identify the voids and then strategically create a plan to address these needs,” says Sharon Kolb, a professor at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater who nominated Mock for this award. “She has demonstrated this ability through her work with the Institute for Innovative Transition, a partnership of the Golisano Foundation and the University of Rochester, where her vision and leadership have led to over 1,000 individuals being served annually. Dr. Mock and the Golisano Foundation have remained steadfast in their mission of creating a transition umbrella of outreach, innovative programs, and professional development for young adults with disabilities, their families, and transition professionals in Western New York and are now expanding throughout the state in their efforts.”
Mock, who joined the Warner School in 2005, is a co-founder and director of the Institute for Innovative Transition. The Institute, which is a collaboration of the Golisano Foundation, the Warner School of Education, and the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, was launched in 2008 and sustained through $1.5 million in grants from the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and a $2.3 million grant from the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as grants from the New York State Developmental Disability Planning. The Institute aims to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as they transition from school age to adulthood.
Mock is a national leader in the fields of disability transition and inclusion. She has worked with children with disabilities and their families since 1989. Prior to joining the Warner School, she taught in the Virginia Public Schools in a variety of early childhood classrooms and home-based settings and worked in the areas of special education teacher preparation and transition for youth with disabilities at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 2009, she was awarded the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award for her dedication and service to improving the lives of people with special needs and disabilities.
Mock’s research and community involvement interests include early intervention, parent-professional relationships, systems of service delivery, systems change, adolescent transition, and disability advocacy. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, a master’s in early childhood special education from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
According to Mary Morningstar, past president of DCDT, Mock’s work with colleges, universities, and employers and collaboration with area partners exhibit a clear vision of innovation.
Established in 1976, the DCDT aims to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals, and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities. For more information on the DCDT, click here or visit: http://www.dcdt.org/.
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