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Cherie Clark and Becky Harker selected for the 2017 ID Action Lifetime Achievement Award

Des Moines, IA – Iowans with Disabilities in Action (ID Action) has selected Cherie Clark, Cedar Rapids, and Becky Harker, Des Moines, as the recipients of the 2017 ID Action Lifetime Achievement Award. The ID Action Lifetime Achievement award is presented to individuals who have dedicated their life to improving the lives of Iowans with disabilities.

Cherie Clark, facilitator and organizer of the P.A.D.S. (Peer Action Disability Support), has been a leader in advocating for Iowans with disabilities for a number of years. Serving as a chair of the board, Cherie has worked incredibly hard to plan activities, set up meetings, write grants, and communicate with the disability community, legislators, and media. Through Cherie’s leadership, P.A.D.S. has received ID Action grants that have brought voter education and transportation to persons with disabilities.

“Cherie has dedicated countless hours to advocating and providing services for persons with disabilities. She goes above and beyond by organizing those with disabilities to advocate for themselves,” said Becky Harker, Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council executive director.

In addition to serving for P.A.D.S., Cherie has organized an electronic disability information network, allowing people to ask questions and share their challenges.

Becky Maddy Harker, PhD has been the executive director of the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council (IDDC) since 1997. The Council is a federally funded state agency with the mandate to advocate for systems and supports that allow people with developmental disabilities to live, learn and work in communities they choose.

Prior to working for the Council, Becky was a consultant with the Department of Education designing and delivering training materials related to disability and behavior management for school bus drivers; taught courses in liberal arts at the University of Iowa and developed and implemented programs for patients of the University’s Center for Disabilities and Development.

Becky has worked closely with ID Action to encourage advocacy for Iowans with disabilities. “Becky has been an integral part of ID Action and Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council’s success,” said Rik Shannon, IDDC public policy manager.

ID Action is proud to award Cherie Clark and Becky Harker with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Cherie Clark with her 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Steve Crew awarding Becky Harker with her 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Cherie Clark with her 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Steve Crew awarding Becky Harker, IDDC executive director, with her 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Posted 5.26.17