Catalyst for Change Awards Dinner


The Howard Cullum ALLY Award

The Arc of Virginia membership created this award in 2015 acknowledging a community member who embodies leadership, courage, commitment, passion, and perseverance in advocacy. 

Inaugural award dedication to Howard Cullum

For the past 40 years, Mr. Cullum has demonstrated leadership and a keen ‘eye on the prize’ approach in his advocacy for all Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has spent a lifetime pushing for incremental change within the I/DD services system, which has required selflessness, passion, and commitment that is seldom found in a single person. He exemplifies the mission of The Arc of Virginia and we are grateful for his tremendous contributions.

The Catalyst for Change Award

Given annually to a community member or organization that has contributed to landmark improvements in the lives of Virginians with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

2016 recipients Alex Campbell & Sean Campbell

Ten-year old Alex Campbell aspires to work in education and civil law one day. His work advocating with Virginia legislators resulted in legislation limiting the use of seclusion and restraint in schools. His father Sean has been employed in public education for over 15 years. The duo work to improve the experience for special needs students in Virginia public schools.

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