Disability Rights Maryland

2020 Breaking Barriers
Virtual Awards Gala

2020 Breaking Barriers Honorees

Gayle Hafner Grassroots Advocacy Award

Floyd Hartley

Chairman, Consumers for Accessible Ride Services (CARS)
This award recognizes CARS for its central role in the struggle for equal access to transportation for Marylanders with disabilities. Floyd Hartley will be presented the award on behalf of the full CARS team (Debbie Benaderet, Will Fields, Imani Graham, Floyd Hartley, Marlene Hendler, Linda Merkle, Danielle Phelps, May Robinson, Valerie Smith and Kim Stevens).

Judith Heumann Champion of Justice Award

Wade Henderson

Former President & CEO, The Leadership Conference

This award recognizes Wade Henderson for his lifetime of advocacy and passion for the civil rights and the disability rights movements.

Presenter of the Judith Heumann Champion of Justice Award to Wade Henderson

Judith E. Heumann

One of the Most Influential Disability Rights Activists in United States History
This new award, established in Judith Heumann’s name, recognizes her lifelong activism and pursuit of equality and inclusion for people with disabilities.

Lorraine Sheehan Lifetime Achievement Award

Andrew D. Levy

Partner, Brown, Goldstein & Levy

This award honors Andrew D. Levy for his lifelong service to people with disabilities and his embodiment of the spirit and attributes that the award celebrates.

DRM Gives Thanks to Its 2020 Sponsors!




About the Breaking Barriers Awards Gala

The Breaking Barriers Awards Gala is Disability Rights Maryland’s (DRM) signature celebration where individuals, law firms and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision and achievement in safeguarding the legal rights of people with disabilities in Maryland are recognized and honored. Bringing together attorneys, corporate and foundation leaders, government representatives, and disability advocates, DRM’s gala shines a powerful spotlight on noble individuals who further the rights of Marylanders with disabilities. Funds raised at the Gala will directly support DRM and expand our capacity to provide critical legal assistance so that Marylanders with disabilities, regardless of income, age or race, can live full independent lives in the community.

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