Mock to Receive Distinguished Service Award on Disability Awareness Night at Frontier Field

UPDATE - Due to inclement weather, Disability Awareness Night has been rescheduled to Monday, July 20.

Disability transition and inclusion expert Martha Mock will be awarded the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award on Disability Awareness Night at Frontier Field for her dedication and service to improving the lives of people with special needs and disabilities. She will be honored during a pre-game ceremony at home plate on Monday, July 20 before the scheduled game between the Rochester Red Wings and Toledo Mudhens at 7:05 p.m.

This national award, named after the founder and former editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent magazine, is awarded to an individual who has displayed remarkable accomplishments in the care and advocacy of individuals with disabilities, their families, and caregivers.

Mock, an assistant professor who holds joint appointments at the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education and the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Pediatrics, is director of the Institute for Innovative Transition.

The Institute, which is a collaboration of the Golisano Foundation, the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and the Warner School of Education, was created in 2008, with funding from the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, to help improve the quality of life for young adults with developmental disabilities and their families as they transition from school age to adulthood. In her role as director, she leads the Institute’s team in offering a robust and comprehensive set of initiatives—ranging from innovative pilot programs, improved information dissemination, technical assistance, training and professional development, and policy initiatives—to nearly 1,000 families in Monroe County.

She began working with children with disabilities and their families more than 20 years ago. 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 early childhood special education teacher preparation and transition for youth with disabilities at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

The award presentation is one of the highlights of Disability Awareness Night, sponsored by EP Global Communications and Exceptional Parent magazine in cooperation with Massachusetts Mutual Life (MassMutual) and the Rochester Red Wings. Established by Exceptional Parent magazine in 2002, Disability Awareness Night honors the contributions of 54.6 million Americans nationwide living with intellectual or physical disabilities. This marks the fourth straight year that the Rochester Red Wings will host Disability Awareness Night.

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