MD Rehabilitation Conference


​Brighten someone’s day – nominate them for an award to be presented at the Conference! 

As rehabilitation professionals, we strive to work as a team and to serve the community and each other to the best of our abilities.  Think how nice it would feel to be recognized for our efforts.  Let’s keep the team spirit.  Nominate someone today in one of these categories:


Personal Achievement Award

Presented to a former consumer of rehabilitation services who has overcome barriers to reach a remarkable degree of personal and economic independence.

Employer Leadership Award

Presented to a Maryland employer who has demonstrated remarkable leadership in promoting the employment, independence and economic self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities.

Patrick McKenna Professional Award

Presented to DORS staff person who demonstrates a deep commitment to the agency’s mission, values, and vision. This recipient is dedicated to improving the lives of persons with disabilities by promoting and inspiring others to effectively and continuously serve and respect in the DORS community.

Excellence in Partnership Award

Presented to a DORS-accredited Community Rehabilitation Program that has demonstrated an outstanding record of partnering with DORS in assisting individuals with significant disabilities to achieve employment through the use of innovative practices and creativity.


The R.C. Thompson Hall of Fame

For individuals who have dedicated a career or lifetime to advocating for people with disabilities. The individuals should be champions of rehabilitation and affiliated with VR, independent living, universal access, disability rights, etc. These members will be forever linked with the finest examples of rehabilitation professionals in Maryland.

Administration Award

Honors someone who has shown unusual initiative or creativity developing and administering a program of demonstrated value for individuals with disabilities. Recipient should be a rehabilitation program administrator, a community facility director, or a person who has helped to develop outstanding rehabilitation programs in untried areas. [Recipient must be a MRA member.]

Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Service Award

Established in memory of Mary E. Switzer, the dynamic administrator of the Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Administration and the Social & Rehabilitation Service, and former NRA President. This award is presented to an individual or organization for achievement in advancing equal employment opportunity for individuals with disabilities. The recipient will have consistently performed with creativity and initiative to improve employer awareness regarding the capabilities of qualified persons with disabilities, and will have promoted affirmative action within their own organization. The award honors a commitment to the effective participation of citizens with disabilities in the economic mainstream.

Human Resources Award

Presented for significant contributions in the professional preparation and upgrading of rehabilitation personnel. The recipient may have initiated curriculum innovations, planned and implemented programs for a variety of rehabilitation personnel, inspired students to seek careers in rehabilitation, or promoted training in legislative and appropriations forums. [Recipient must be a MRA member.]

Humanitarian Award

Presented to someone with notable leadership in removing legal or environmental barriers, preventing discrimination against individuals with disabilities and supporting the rights and benefits due to every citizen. The recipient should support the growth of rehabilitation services in Maryland.

Organization Award

Presented to an organization with an outstanding record of services to individuals with disabilities. The organization may be one whose principal objectives are in the rehabilitation field, or one that has demonstrated effective concerns for the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Organizations eligible for this award are those whose activities contributed to the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities beyond the purpose for which the organization was established.

Excellence in Media Award

Presented to an individual or organization with an outstanding record of portraying people with disabilities and their life experience in a realistic and positive way. Material should appeal to the public and not merely to a professional or specialized audience, using progressive language and imagery. Portrayal should be informative and not solely for promotional content. Eligible entities can include print, radio, television, film, and advertising concerns.


Joseph J. Mucha Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Business Operator

Presented to a DORS client who became successfully self-employed as a business operator and shows significant potential to maintain and expand the business operation.

In an effort to make the awards nomination process easier, we’ve gone electronic. Nominate here: 

2019 MRA DORS Awards Nominations

Deadline for Nominations: September 30, 2019.

For more information, contact Suzie Miller, Awards Chairperson, 301-645-8882, or Malorie Marti, MRA President, 240-629-7581.