Cal-TASH Awards

Each year Cal-TASH members nominate outstanding self-advocates, professionals, and community members for the following awards:

Bill Rosenberg Memorial Award is given to a person who shows leadership in promoting the inclusion of persons with severe disabilities in employment, community, and/or home environments.

June Downing Memorial Outstanding Educator Award is given to an educator who demonstrates leadership in promoting and facilitating inclusive options for students with severe disabilities (preschool age through 22 years) in collaboration with families, general and special educators, support staff, and other members of the education team. 

Robert Gaylord-Ross Memorial Award is given to an outstanding scholar, involved in conducting and disseminating research and in providing teacher training at the university level, in the area of services and support for individuals with severe disabilities.  

Mary Falvey Outstanding Young Person Award is given to a young person (under 21 years of age) who shows the values of Cal-TASH through his/her service or participation in activities promoting inclusion for all people.

Diane J. Lipton Memorial Cal-TASH Award is given to an individual who has shown outstanding commitment and effort in systems level advocacy to promote policy that upholds the rights of individuals with disabilities, particularly children and youth, in inclusive schools and communities. 

Positive Images in the Media Award is given to presentations in print, film, or other forms of media that contribute to the elimination of stereotypes by portraying people with disabilities and their lives accurately with recognition of the complexities of being human.

Awards were presented during luncheons and general sessions throughout the 2018 conference.

If you are interested in nominating someone for any of these awards in 2019, please send the following information to


  • Your name, address, phone number, and email

  • Name of person who you are nominating, his/her address, phone number, and email

  • Award for which you are making the nomination

  • Why you think this person or media presentation should receive this award

  • Please advise if you know if this person is attending or can come to the conference to receive the award