Brian Loew and Inspire have been selected to be the 2020 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s Corporate Award. Through his passionate and visionary leadership as founder and CEO of Inspire, Brian has helped to create successful online authentic patient engagement community anchored by more than 100 national patient organization partnerships and over two million members. Brian and Inspire have worked tirelessly to create a safe and supportive place where patients, families, friends and caregivers can connect with one another online including the millions of people living daily with invisible disabilities.
P.K. Beville, PhD has been selected to be the 2020 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s Innovation Award. P.K. has been chosen based upon her vision and innovation as the founder and developer of the Virtual Dementia Tour® (VDT®). The VDT® is a scientifically proven, evidence based, sensitivity training program providing a greater understanding of Alzheimer’s and related dementias through the use of patented sensory tools and instruction. The VDT® has been experienced by over three million people in 20 countries.
Debbie Macomber has been selected to be the 2020 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s “But You LOOK Good” Inspiration Award. Debbie has been chosen because as someone who lives with dyslexia, all of its difficulties and misunderstandings, she has inspired people to find and pursue their dreams in the midst of their challenges and triumphs. Thank you Debbie for your courage to share your story publicly and to provide a positive voice of hope and compassion for so many people on their journeys of illness, pain and disability.
Major Bonnie Carroll (Ret.) has been selected to be the 2020 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s Invisible Heroes® Award. Bonnie has been chosen based upon her incredible leadership and personal vulnerability as the President and Founder of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). As a veteran herself and a surviving spouse of a veteran, through Bonnie’s great loss and because of her great compassion, she has created an amazing organization providing comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one.
Kimberly Warner has been selected to be the 2020 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s Media Impact Award. Kimberly has been chosen based upon her incredible passion and determination as the director and producer of the film, Unfixed, which tells the stories of humans who are in various stages of learning to thrive with extreme, chronic, incurable conditions. We applaud Kimberly’s strength and perseverance as she personally lives with the neurological disorder, Mal de Débarquement Syndrome or MdDS.
Barry Shore has been selected to be the 2020 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s Invisible No More® Perseverance Award. Barry has been chosen based upon his amazing perseverance as he lives daily with the neurological effects of Guillain-Barré Syndrome which produced quadriplegia in 2004. In spite of a difficult and slow recovery, Barry shares his story, all of the struggles and triumphs, in order to encourage others on their personal journey of loss, illness, pain and disability. His mission to transform the world through JOY and his incredible creation of the Keep Smiling Movement are truly life and world changing!
Jake Stimell has been selected to be the 2020 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association Volunteer Award. Jake has been chosen based upon his extensive volunteerism with IDA in addition to his weeklong internship in 2019 while living daily with an invisible disability himself. Jake’s passion and enthusiasm fueled a yearlong pursuit of legislative opportunities for IDA’s National Disability ID initiative. Through his tenacious and tireless work, Jake helped IDA obtain legislative sponsors in Pennsylvania, New York and Alabama to help move forward bills for an approved designated symbol for disability allowing for voluntary disclosure on government issued ID’s.