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2017 Annual Awards

SCAAIDD is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 SCAAIDD Annual Awards. These are individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty in serving those with intellectual disabilities. Please take a moment to recognize their contributions.

Unique Brewster

Direct Support Professional

Unique Brewster works with consumers receiving residential services from CHESCO Services. She goes the extra mile to make sure all consumers receive the best quality of life, always in a professional and compassionate manner. She shows a calm and self-assured manner, and deals with emergencies and stressful situations with calmness and patience. She is dependable and exhibits a positive work ethic in every phase of her work.

Cindy Heirs

Research/Education & Training/Supervision & Management

Cindy Hiers has held Direct Support and House Manager positions for the Jasper County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, and is currently Residential Coordinator. She promotes self-advocacy, safety, and protection of rights for all consumers. She uses her experience to ensure staff training focuses on the abilities of each consumer and individualizing support. Flexible and pleasant, she accepts all assignments with dedication and a smile.

Jenae Wiggins

Self-Advocate of the Year

Jenae Wiggins is a participant in Babcock Center's Job Training and Placement Services. She faces many challenges, raising a family and walking to her job daily at a local restaurant to support her children. Her employer, in a recent evaluation, described her as "reliable, dependable, loyal, and trustworthy – an asset to the company." Through her day to day actions, Ms. Wiggins sets an example of how self-determination and staying focused on abilities, not disabilities, can help anyone succeed. She is a strong role model for her peers in many ways.

Dr. Judy Johnson

Exceptional Service Award

Dr. Judy Johnson, Babcock Center CEO and President, has been an AAIDD member over 40 years. She was one of six people who established the South Carolina Chapter of AAIDD in the early 1980's. She has served as SCAAIDD State Chair, Region Seven Chair, and held positions at the national level. She has served on the National Editorial Review Board, and is an AAIDD Fellow. Over her career, Dr. Johnson has worked at the local, regional, state and national levels, in both the public and private sectors. In the Spring of 2018, she will a be retired member of SCAAIDD.

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