Cooper Receives Viscardi Award

On Monday, May 5, 2014, HERL Director Dr. Rory Cooper was announced as one of the twelve recipients of the international 2014 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards, which pay tribute to exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness, and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities.

The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards were developed to honor the extraordinary societal contributions of the Awardees in the spirit of the legacy and vision of the Center’s founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who himself wore prosthetic legs. As one of the world’s leading advocates for people with disabilities, he served as a disability advisor to eight presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter.

Along with Dr. Cooper, other recipients of the 2014 award include baseball star Jim Abbott, Academy Award® winner Marlee Matlin, and America's first professional wheelchair dancer Mary Verdi-Fletcher.

For more information, please see the official press release at the Viscardi Center website.