Dan B. Davidson Awards

The annual Dan B. Davidson Awards recognize examples of inclusion of people with disabilities, and honor Dan Davidson, who died in 1996 at the age of forty-one. Defying the odds and ignoring the advice of those who said he could not do it, Davidson followed his dream of living independently in his community.  To celebrate his spirit and his memory, the Developmental Disabilities Council recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated visionary practices providing exemplary supports for people with disabilities leading to meaningful lives in their neighborhoods and their communities.

The Council annual seeks nominations for awards to be given to individuals, agencies, or organizations that have demonstrated visionary practices providing exemplary services and supports for people with disabilities that lead to inclusion as active and valued members of their communities. The Council will recognize outstanding examples of inclusion in the following categories:

  • Education;
  • Employment; and
  • Community Life

Winners in each category for awards will receive their award honoring their efforts along with a $500 honorarium and will be recognized at the Council's annual celebration on July 26, 2017.  The awards banquet is being held at the Holiday Inn Hotel- Stapleton: 3333 Quebec St Denver, CO 80207 from 5:30-8:00PM.

 The 2017 Dan B Davidson Recipients:

Sheryle Hutter


Dr. Ann Guillies, PhD

Christ Church United Methodist Church

Avani Dilger

Kiere Trinder


The 2014 Dan B. Davidson Recipients included:

Larry Ruiz Excellence In Inclusion in the Community Award went to:

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma and Susan Anderson, of Boulder
  • El Grupo Vida and Maria Castillo of Denver

Ellie Valdez Honeyman Excellence in Inclusion in Education Award went to:

  •  Patricia Stahl, Louisville Elementary School
  • Jason Marsh, Sewald Child Developmental  Center

Clarence Miller Excellence in Inclusion in Employment Award went to:

  • Habitat for Humanity-Roaring Fork
  • Wells Fargo Bank, Boulder

The 2013 Dan B. Davidson Award Winners included the developer of a new video resume development website, Boulder High School Peer Mentors, Belly Belles, Mesa View Elementary School in Grand Junction, and the dance coach at Ouray High School.