The Arc of Texas is pleased to present the Annual Leadership and Legacy Awards Dinner Leadership on November 2, 2018.

Every year, The Arc of Texas recognizes individuals and organizations whose advocacy efforts push forth system changes that support our mission: to promote and protect the human rights and self-determination of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in communities throughout Texas.


Join us for an evening of…

Cocktails & Silent Auction

Dinner & Awards


This year’s awards will honor the leadership and legacy of organizations and individuals who led advocacy accomplishments on behalf of Texans with IDD in four areas:

  • Policy Maker of the Year Award – Honors a Texan who has championed policies or legislation that positively impacted the quality of life and right to choose for individuals with IDD in Texas.
  • Employer of the Year Award – Honors a business that provides meaningful employment opportunities to individuals with IDD in Texas
  • Community Partner of the Year Award – Honors an outstanding community member of agency that has worked closely with The Arc of Texas and people with IDD to promote inclusion
  • Virginia Eernisse Legacy Award – This is a newly created award in honor of the work and legacy of Mrs. Virginia Eernisse. Throughout her lifetime, Virginia spearheaded the establishment of Special Olympics, TARS, The Arc of the Gulf Coast and Imagine Enterprises, and campaigned for progressive candidates that supported the rights of Texans with IDD. She was a staunch believer in doing for others, and fought to instill in others the belief that ALL people have value and should be recognized for their strengths.

Our goal is to recognize the luminaries in our community and we need your help submitting nominations for these awards! Whether you work in the disability field, are a community supporter or know someone who is, please take the time to recognize the individuals in your life that you feel meet these criteria. We encourage individuals and organizations to take this opportunity to honor those in the community doing exceptional work to support Texans with IDD. Self-nominations are accepted, but third party nominations are encouraged. If you care to nominate someone please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/taotnominationform.


November 2. 2018

The DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton

6505 North Interstate Highway 35, Austin, Texas

Online Ticket Reservations for this year’s Leadership & Legacy Event will open in early October.

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