David O’Hara, Ph.D., WIHD’s Chief Operating Officer has been awarded the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) 2013 International Service Award. The AUCD International Service Award is presented to an individual or group of the association or other organization to recognize outstanding contributions that further programs or policies designed to create more inclusive communities for people with disabilities and their families throughout the world. The award is given in recognition of professional and personal efforts in program areas that proactively support people with disabilities and their families at local, regional or national levels in the host country.
During his tenure as Chair of the International Committee of AUCD, Dr. O’Hara developed the process for international affiliate membership in AUCD that has led to information and technical assistance exchanges with University Centers in Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia.
In his dual roles with AUCD and IASSID, Dr. O’Hara has played a leading role over the past ten years in organizing a series of international conferences in North America on issues related to the health of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Over the past several years, using his international network Dr. O’Hara has encouraged the broad adoption of strategies for health care delivery that promote self – determination in health. Dr. O’Hara has played and will continue to play an important role in furthering international collaborations and progress on issues of importance to people with disabilities, especially in the areas of health and self – determination.
“Our entire community is thrilled that Dr. O’Hara has been recognized for his enormous contributions to promote international collaboration s that facilitate inclusion and self – determination for people with disabilities and their families” says Dr. Ansley Bacon, President and CEO of WIHD.