Disability Awareness Awards


Community support for the disabled, and their advocates, took center stage today in Terre Haute.

The Disability Awareness Work Group, known at ‘DAWG’, handed out their annual awards. It’s DAWG’s way of recognizing local folks and businesses who make a difference.

“A little tweak here and there will go a long way toward enabling a significant portion of our population to live in the community, to have fulfilling lives and to contribute to the community in the way that they choose,” said Peter Siancone.  “About 20% of the American population are people with disabilities and the overwhelming majority of them don’t need help, they need empowerment.”

This year’s award recipients are:

  • Mr. David Piper, who builds ramps so people with mobility issues can get in and out of their homes.
  • Ms. Jess Berryhill, who is the driving force behind a special needs ministry at a local church.
  • ISU Facilities and Recycling Center for providing jobs to the disabled and for the work employees do within the disabled community.

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