Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Mayor's Disability Advocate of the Year Awards Call for Nominations
Deadline -- September 30




August 30, 2013 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker invites the community to submit nominations for the 2013 Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Awards. The awards honor individuals in the categories of Community Advocate and Youth Advocate for their volunteer contributions and service toward improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Houston. The contributions or activities must be performed in the Greater Houston area for a minimum of one calendar year. Youth advocate nominees must be no older than 18 years of age.


The award recipients will be selected by a selection committee and will include two adult advocates (one with a disability and one without) and one youth advocate. The committee may also choose to present a posthumous award.


The award recipients will be asked to take part in an awards program during Disability Awareness Month in October. The honorees may be asked to do interviews with the media.


The nominations deadline is Monday, September 30, 2013. For the nomination form and full details, visit or call 832-394-0814. Completed nomination forms may be submitted by mail, email or online. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.


The Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Awards is a project of the Houston Commission on Disabilities administered by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), a division of the Department of Neighborhoods (DON). To learn about MOPD’s programs and services, visit For information about DON, visit