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STEP is Now Accepting Nominations for The Wayne Parker Advocate of the Year

Each year STEP honors the memory of Wayne Parker who was a zealous advocate for the rights of children and families. He worked tirelessly to ensure that families had the information they needed to speak up and advocate for the needs of their children with disabilities. Wayne was also a strong advocate for encouraging young people with disabilities to advocate for the life they wanted. Wayne was well respected by parents and professionals. Wayne was always quick to praise members of school teams when they went above and beyond in their advocacy efforts for students.

If you know of a parent, student, or professional who has demonstrated the powerful outcomes that are possible by applying your rights in an assertive and positive manner, this is your opportunity to submit their story for recognition. Please provide a brief story, highlighting their advocacy efforts and results, along with the nominee's name and contact information. Nominations can be sent to or by fax to 423.636.8217

Nominations are received throughout the year. A recipient is chosen by end of February each year. Presentation is made at TN Disability Mega conference Awards Banquet in early June.

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