Leader for Youths with Disabilities, Dr. Bill Bauer, Honored

Marietta, OH.  Marietta College’s Dr. William Bauer, associate professor of education, will be honored for his outstanding leadership to youths with disabilities on Aug. 16 when he receives the 2007 Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership Award.

The Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) presents the award at the GCPD annual awards ceremony at the State House Atrium in Columbus.

“One only has to look at his record with youth as a mentor or see his discourse with his students to see that he deserves to be recognized as the 2007 Maureen Fitzgerald Leadership Award recipient,” said Rob Whitaker, Chair of the GCPD Nominations and Awards Committee.

This Leadership Award was named in memory of Maureen Fitzgerald. As the “mother of the Ohio Youth Leadership Forum,” she was dedicated to the forum.

This award is given to an individual who has the ability to empower youths with disabilities to accept challenges of life and provide them with the determination and tools to make a change not only in their lives but also in the lives of others.

“William Bauer is a wonderful role-model for our youth,” said Lucille Walls, director of GCPD. “He has a disability himself. He has never met a youth he doesn’t believe can achieve greatness.”

Bauer has served as the Director of Education for the Washington Country Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Ewing School for six years. He has been member of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and Resna State Tech Act Advisor Board in Washington D.C. He is a commissioner of the Ohio Legal Right Services and a member of Part D Advisory Board Ohio Department of Education.

The Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities is composed of 21 members from throughout the state and is charged to advise the Governor and General Assembly on statewide disability issues. They educate and advocate for partnerships at the local, state, and national level, and promote equality, access, independence, and the development of employment opportunities.

By Heeju Kang, originally published in The Ohio of Marietta College (here).

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