Golisano Foundation to Honor Martha Mock with First-Ever Move to Include Award

Martha Mock, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and the director of the Institute for Innovative Transition, will be one of six local professionals to be honored with the Golisano Foundation’s first-ever Move to Include Award for promoting inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Move to Include LogoThe Golisano Foundation will present its first Move to Include Awards at its 30th anniversary celebration on October 15 at the George Eastman House.  Mock will be honored by the Foundation for her commitment and work on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities, especially in the area of increasing college options for students with disabilities. The award is named after the Move to Include initiative launched in 2013 with WXXI to advance inclusion in all aspects of our community.
For more than 25 years, Mock has worked with and been a tireless advocate for people with disabilities and their families in educational and community-based settings. She has worked to bring additional resources to the region and state with the goal of increasing college options for people with intellectual disabilities and awareness of these postsecondary options to families and students in New York State.
She currently leads the federally-funded Western New York Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) initiative that provides a consortium of partnering colleges/universities, schools, and adult agencies with technical assistance and training that has enabled them to create or expand high-quality, inclusive model comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. Over the past five years, almost 200 students have participated in a meaningful college experience at four local higher education institutions, including Keuka College, Monroe Community College, Roberts Wesleyan College, and the University of Rochester, as part of the Western New York TPSID initiative.
Martha MockThe Institute for Innovative Transition (now the Center for Disability and Education) was founded in 2008 through a partnership with the Golisano Foundation and the University of Rochester. Under Mock’s leadership, the Institute has secured grants, totaling over $7 million, focusing on youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from federal, state, and private foundation funders. Some funders include the U.S. Department of Education, NYS Developmental Disability Planning Council, and the Golisano Foundation.
Mock has roots as an educator and researcher with expertise and special interests in individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, transition, employment, inclusive higher education, person-centered planning, and systems change. She was the recipient of the Marc Gold Innovative Practices in Transition Award from the Division on Career Development and Transition in 2012 and the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award in 2009.  A former special education teacher, Mock holds a doctoral degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also serves on the board of directors at CP Rochester.
The Golisano Foundation’s 30th anniversary celebration will also include a presentation by photographer Rick Guidotti, creator of the Positive Photographic Exposure, which includes portraits of local people with disabilities. The local exhibit, entitled "Positive Exposure—Change How You See, See How You Change," features four local college students who have completed certificate programs at the four colleges/universities taking part in the Western New York TPSID initiative. Under Mock’s leadership, the Institute for Innovative Transition continues to provide leadership, technical assistance, and coordination to the inclusive postsecondary programs at these institutions as part of the Western New York TPSID initiative. The exhibit will run through October 18 at the George Eastman House.

Read more about the 2015 Move to Include Awards and this year’s recipients HERE or visit: http://www.golisanofoundation.org/30thAnniversary.html
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