June Downing Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Award

This award is given in honor of June Downing, a long time TASH member, Board of Directors member, author and beloved friend and colleague. June Downing had a profound impact on families, young professionals, educators and individuals with disabilities and her contributions to inclusion will be felt for many years to come. The purpose this award is to honor the important and courageous contributions of individuals and school districts in advancing inclusive education and equitable opportunities for students pre-school through grade 12, particularly those with the most significant disabilities and support needs. TASH recognizes the path to full inclusion can be challenging, depending on the local community, state and local leadership and other factors. Nominations are requested for individuals, schools and districts that are consistent with TASH’s mission regarding inclusive education.

Awards categories include: School District, Administrator, Teacher, School, and Advocate/Family/Self-Advocate

TASH will only accept complete forms. Please review the entire application form before you start filling it out. Incomplete forms cannot be saved. We recommend having your content completed offline prior to submitting it. If you have any additional information needed for submission, please contact Bethany Alvare at (202) 540-8014 or at balvare@tash.org.
If you would like to nominate a School or School District, please fill out Section 1. If you would like to nominate an Educator, Administrator, or Advocate/Family/Self-Advocate, please continue to Section 2.


In the space provided below, please state why the school/district deserves to be honored for its work as a catalyst resulting in breakthroughs in inclusion of students with the most significant disabilities and support needs. Please consider addressing the following information in your narrative:

  • Number of grade levels in the school or district.
  • Total student population.
  • Total number of students with IEPs.
  • Percentage of students with significant disabilities who are participating in general education classrooms 100% of the time.
  • Percentage of students with significant disabilities who are participating in general education classrooms 80-99% of the time.
  •  Percentage of students with significant disabilities who are participating in general education classrooms less than 80% of the time.
  • Percentage of students with significant disabilities who are participating in special education schools (in-district).
  • Percentage of students with significant disabilities who are participating in out-of-district special education placements.



In the space provided below, please state why the educator, administrator, or advocate/family/self-advocate deserves to be honored for its work as a catalyst resulting in breakthroughs in inclusion of students with the most significant disabilities and support needs. Please consider addressing the following information in your narrative:

  • Briefly describe the nominee’s philosophy about inclusive education. 
  • What major contributions has the nominee made toward furthering the inclusion of students with the most significant disabilities and support needs in general education classrooms? 
  • What barriers has the nominee had to contend with, and how did he/she resolve those barriers? 
  • What key academic and non-academic results for students (with and without disabilities) can be  attributed to the nominee’s efforts? 
  • Has the nominee made it easier for other educators, administrators, systems, families, students,  advocates, or schools to benefit from their experiences?
Although not required, You may choose to submit additional materials that support or evidence the impact made on inclusive practices (e.g., newspaper clippings, online videos, testimonials).
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