The Office of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities announces the winners of the 2017 Lex Frieden Employment Awards (LFEA). Named for Texas disability rights champion Lex Frieden, the awards are bestowed upon Texans who have displayed a commitment to empowering their employees, co-workers, and fellow Texans with disabilities.
In his 2017 Texas Disability Employment Awareness Month Proclamation, Governor Abbott said, “An important part of [the Texas] workforce is Texans with disabilities, who make invaluable contributions to Texas employers … we must engage in disability employment awareness to ensure that all Texans have the equal opportunity to contribute to the workforce that is the backbone of our great state’s robust economy.”
Download PDF format letter – Disability Employment Awareness Month Proclamation
2017 Lex Frieden Employment Award Winners:
The Governor’s Trophy – Larry P. Johnson, Author, Disability Advocate, and Motivational Speaker (San Antonio)
Entrepreneurship Award – James Parker, Shredding on the Go (Houston)
Large Employer Award – MAXIMUS (San Antonio)
Medium Employer Award – FCI, Bureau of Prisons (Bastrop)
Small Employer Award – Crepe Crazy (Austin)
Non-profit Employer – Food Bank of Corpus Christi (Corpus Christi)
Martha Arbuckle Award for a Local Committee Project – Houston Commission on Disabilities
The winners of the 2017 Lex Frieden Employment Awards will be honored at a ceremony co-hosted by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and the Austin Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities. The ceremony will be held on October 24, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, Austin, Texas. The keynote speaker for this event will be Geronimo Rodriguez, Chief Advocacy Officer for Seton Healthcare Family and Providence. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with a free buffet beginning at 5:15 p.m.
To register for the award ceremony, visit LFEA Registration.