Cal-TASH Annual Awards

The Cal-TASH 2022 Awards will be presented during CAL-TASH webinars (dates to be announced) throughout Spring 2022

If you are interested in nominating someone for any of these awards, please send the following information no later than March 1, 2022 to Jean Gonsier Gerdin

  • Your name, address, phone number, and email

  • Name of nominee, his/her address, phone number, and email

  • Award for which you are making the nomination

  • Statement why you think this person or media presentation should receive this award, in particular explain how this person espouses the mission and values of Cal-TASH & TASH.

  • Please advise if you know if this person can attend one of the webinars to receive the award.

  • Nominees are encouraged, but not required to be a TASH member.

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 21 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 and recognizing the complexities of being human.