Events and Activities
ACSED hosts a training symposium every two years for all state departments and employees on current and ongoing issues affecting state employees with disabilities. The next scheduled ACSED Symposium will be in 2019.
ACSED has long recognized the value of an awards program that honors outstanding efforts of individuals and departments to help increase employment of persons with disabilities. The awards are:
Sustained Achievement Award(s)
This category of awards was established by the ACSED Board of Directors. These awards will be given to Departments whose sustained achievement has led them to receive the ACES Award for at least three out of the last four consecutive years.
ACES or “Employer of the Year” Awards designate those state agencies that have shown a strong commitment and made substantial progress in the employment of persons with disabilities. Based on disability representation and hiring data gathered by CalHR, generally the ACES Awards will be presented to one large, one medium, and one small department.
DAC of the Year Award(s)
ACSED and the State Disability Advisory Committee (SDAC) will honor the top three state departments’ DACs for their superior efforts to support the success of a department’s disability employment efforts. There will be three awards presented: The DAC of the Year Award along with two DAC Achievement Awards.
ACSED Dedicated Service Award
This is a new award being given for the first time in 2019. The Award is given to an individual who has made an especially noteworthy contribution of time and energy, over a period of years, to support the activities and mission of ACSED. This support may include, but is not limited to, planning and organizing special events, fundraising, legislative advocacy, communications or administrative support. If the individual has served as an officer, the award would be intended to recognize work above and beyond the basic requirements for the position(s) they held.
Ralph Black Public Service Award
This Award was established in the name of its initial recipient to honor him on his 2011 retirement and to acknowledge his exemplary efforts to advance disability rights and disability employment opportunities in public service. The Award is given to an individual with a disability who has made:
- Significant contribution to promoting disability rights, particularly in terms of expanding employment opportunities for people with disabilities;
- A sustained commitment of leadership and time, above and beyond their employment duties, to ACSED or other disability-related organization;
- A career dedicated to excellence in public service or clear potential for such achievement.