2014 Pioneer Award
This award is given to the individual or organization that best embodies innovation and advancement in the field of disability rights.
The FRED nomination committee selected Kevin McGuire in recognition of his pioneering work launching AbleRoad, the most comprehensive website and app designed to connect people with accessible places, and for his lifelong impact in the disabilities field. Kevin McGuire will receive the award in Los Angeles on March 28th when he serves as the FRED Conference keynote speaker.
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
It is with pride that FRED Conference announces Nancy and Michael Kerson as the 2014 recipients of the FRED Lifetime Achievement Award. This inaugural award acknowledges those that have committed a lifetime of effort and success in the field of disability rights.
The FRED nomination committee selected the Kersons in recognition of over 40 years of service and leadership to create and sustain Vine Village, residential and day programs dedicated to providing people with developmental disabilities the quality of life that should be the birthright of every citizen. Vine Village occupies a beautiful 25-acre ranch in the famed Carneros grape-growing region of southern Napa County, California.
The FRED Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at FRED’s Friday dinner gala.