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Tom Seekins Receives 2014 ADA Award at UM

Tom Seekins

The University of Montana awarded Tom Seekins its Americans with Disabilities Act Award for 2014. The ADA Award honors individuals whose contributions advance education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities at the University of Montana in Missoula, and who carry on the spirit of the ADA. Recipients of the award are recognized for consistent efforts to increase accessibility for people with disabilities, for leading the way by providing an inclusive environment for everyone, for successful implementation of programs and strategies that result in measurable change, and for using collaborative practices across units at UM.

Seekins is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities.  Seekins’ colleague, Craig Ravesloot commented, “The spirit of the ADA is human dignity through self-determination. Dr. Seekins’ career has embodied this spirit for rural people with disabilities through applied research that has led to real world solutions. He has pioneered self-employment, transportation, health promotion and healthcare delivery programs that have benefited many people over the past 30 years and countless more into the future.”

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