David Moody has been selected to be the 2021 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s Invisible No More®Perseverance Award. David has been chosen based upon his amazing perseverance and courage as he lived through the overwhelming fear, anxiety, guilt and shame from the unspeakable impact of childhood sexual abuse and the subsequent years of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and panic attacks. Despite a difficult, slow and painful journey to recovery and while in the process of building a highly successful construction company, David decided to share his story publicly, with all of the struggles and triumphs, in order to encourage others on their personal life journeys also impacted by trauma, anxiety, pain and abuse.
Sherri Connell has been selected to be the 2021 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s inaugural Visible Courage Award. Sherri has been chosen based upon the incredible visible courage displayed as she fights daily for her life. It has been ravaged for over 30 years by Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme Disease, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and more. The long battle led Sherri to the co-founding of IDA in 1996; the co-authoring of the landmark book on disability support, But You LOOK Good – How to Encourage and Understand People Living with Illness and Pain and the sharing of her personal journey, chronicled on her website and social media, to help millions of people on their invisible disabilities journeys as well.
Brian J Esposito has been selected to be the 2021 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association Volunteer Award. Brian has been chosen based upon his extensive volunteerism with IDA as their Director of Development. He has used his passion and enthusiasm to help IDA grow in visibility through the pursuit of marketing and sponsor partnerships. These partnership opportunities have helped IDA move towards having an overall greater impact and increased public awareness, especially with professionals and corporations.
Sneha Dave has been selected to be the 2021 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s Impact Award. Sneha has been chosen based upon her leadership and founding of the Health Advocacy Summit and the Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network. Sneha’s ability to bring together a global community of young adults living with invisible disabilities and empower them for advocacy through engagement and education while living with severe ulcerative colitis herself is truly impactful and inspiring.
Mark Barlet has been selected to be the 2021 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s Innovation Award. Mark has been chosen based upon his vision and innovation as the Founder and Executive Director of The Able Gamers Charity. By using his experience and passion for technology, Mark has created a worldwide organization utilizing adaptive technology and accessibility engineering to help improve the overall quality of life for people living with disabilities through the power of video games.
Dr Kaycee Bills has been selected to be the 2021 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s “But You LOOK Good” Inspiration Award. Kaycee has been chosen based upon her incredible journey of pursuing her dreams of achieving a Bachelors, then Masters and ultimately a Doctorate in Social Work while living with autism. Kaycee’s amazing perseverance while overcoming the bullies and naysayers is truly inspiring. Thank you, Kaycee for focusing your education on social work which allows you to give back to the autism, neuro diverse and invisible disabilities communities.
Stephen Machuga has been selected to be the 2021 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities® Association’s Invisible Heroes® Award. Stephen has been chosen based upon his incredible positive impact on the lives of veterans as the Founder and CEO of Stack Up, a non-profit focused on using the love of gaming to help with PTSD, depression and emotional distress and to hopefully, stem the tide of suicides. Steve has used his personal experience as a veteran and a gamer, who has experienced the trauma of service first hand, to bring healing and hope to so many who have become invisible, abandoned and forgotten.