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Meet our 2020 Carmella Gregorie Disability Advocate of the Year!

Every year at Celebrate: Triangle, Inc.’s Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser, we honor people who use their voice to advocate for inclusion in the community. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing this year’s honorees to be recognized at the event on Wednesday, April 15th at the JFK Library and Museum. Event tickets and sponsorship information is available here.

We are excited to announce that Dianne Lescinskas will be our 2020 Carmella Gregorie Disability Advocate of the Year. Dianne’s daughter, Alexa, has served as her biggest inspiration and led her to a life of advocacy. As a mother of a young woman with a disability, she has focused her energy on creating a more inclusive world by serving as a member of Boston Public Schools’ Special Education Parent Advisory Council, Boston Public Schools’ Inclusion Task Force, and the Boston Special Education Transition Project. In these various roles, she advocated for Triangle programs, including IMPACT:Ability.

Since 2010, IMPACT:Ability has established itself as one of the only evidence-based abuse prevention programs in the United States. Most of the research that established the program’s efficacy was conducted inside of BPS classrooms. Dianne’s continued support of IMPACT:Ability helped the program to rapidly expand within BPS and diversify its curricular offerings to include advanced IMPACT:Ability classes for older students and healthy relationship training. Hundreds of students now have the tools they need to live empowered and independent lives while being fully engaged citizens in their local communities. Further, due to this success in Boston, IMPACT:Ability programs are now a national model for disability service organizations, special education departments, adaptive sports programs, and specialty schools.

Dianne’s dedication and expertise in advocating for people with disabilities has led her to work as the Program Development Manager at the Massachusetts Autism Commission. The Autism Commission makes recommendations to state lawmakers on legislation that influences individuals with autism. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Partners for Youth with Disabilities and on the Massachusetts Advisory Board for Best Buddies International. She successfully advocated for the first Best Buddies Chapter in Boston Public Schools, which was nationally recognized as the Middle School Chapter of the Year. Additionally, she currently serves on the board of Project DEEP (Dorchester Educational Enrichment Program) and is a volunteer coach for the Martin Richard Challenger Sports Program. She played a major role in the expansion of the Henderson Inclusion School from a kindergarten-fifth grade elementary school to its current program, which serves children with disabilities from kindergarten to age 22.

Carmella Gregorie (Mel), the namesake of the Disability Advocate of the Year Award, was a business leader and disability advocate who served on Triangle’s board for 43 years. Triangle, Inc. will present Dianne with the 2020 Carmella Gregorie Disability Advocate of the Year Award on Wednesday, April 15 in recognition of her tireless commitment to improve the lives of countless individuals with disabilities across the commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Please stay tuned to our email newsletter, ConnectAbility, and our social media channels as we announce our other honorees.

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Meet our 2020 Public Servant of the Year!

Every year at Celebrate: Triangle, Inc.’s Annual Awards Ceremony and Fundraiser, we honor people who use their voice to advocate for inclusion in the community. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing this year’s honorees to be recognized at the event on Wednesday, April 15th at the JFK Library and Museum.  Event tickets and sponsorship information is available here.

We are excited to announce that Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll will be our 2020 Public Official of the Year.  As an organization with deep roots in the Salem area, we recently doubled the size of our service site with a move to Shetland Park.  This expansion would not have been possible without the steadfast support of local officials and Mayor Driscoll.

Mayor Driscoll has made accessibility and inclusion a priority over the course of her entire political career. In her 15 years as mayor, she has championed the rights of people with disabilities around the city. Mayor Driscoll helped lead Salem to become one of the first cities in Massachusetts to adopt the Accessible Icon on municipal signage. The city worked with Triangle, Inc. to replace the traditional International Symbol of Access with an active and engaged image that places focus on the person with a disability.

In 2014, Mayor Driscoll deepened her commitment to inclusivity by signing Salem’s non-discrimination ordinance into law. In her words, “There are no second-class citizens in Salem. We not only embrace diversity, but champion it.” In addition, her administration collaborated with the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston to create the “Salem for All Ages Action Plan,” which provides a roadmap for the city to lift up people of all ages through accessibility.  Last year, Mayor Driscoll continued her work towards inclusion by spearheading an initiative to update Salem’s current ADA Transition plan. The city applied for and received a $75,000 grant from the Massachusetts Office on Disabilities and, using those funds, retained the Institute for Human Centered Design to help update the older plan. The city has already begun planning for work to implement the plan’s recommendations so they can continue to improve levels of accessibility for all residents.

Mayor Driscoll addressed the honor, saying “I am honored to be selected as Triangle’s Public Official of the Year. Triangle has been a powerful advocate and voice for those living with disabilities, both here in Salem and throughout Massachusetts. As an inclusive community to all, Salem is proud that Triangle has chosen our city to call their home and to be such an engaged and positive partner in the important work of creating a society that is welcoming and supportive of people of all abilities and aspirations. For nearly five decades Triangle has helped countless individuals and their families discover that everyone has value and that everyone is a person with ability.”

Her actions as mayor have helped create a safe, inclusive, and welcoming environment for the Triangle, Inc. program participants who are based in Salem. As our site recently expanded its capacity to serve Salem and surrounding communities, Triangle could not have a more ideal partner in the Mayor.

Please stay tuned to our email newsletter, ConnectAbility, and our social media channels as we announce our other honorees.

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