AWARE January-March 2012 Volume 6, No. 1
“The Right Services...To the Right People...At the Right Time!”
AWARE team among Obama greeters at White House briefing
n Friday, Feb. 10, 150 leaders of The Arc from across the country met with senior White House officials at a Community Leaders Briefing to ask questions and discuss issues facing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The session, held just for The Arc, included an unannounced visit from President Barack Obama. The
President spoke of his commitment to people with disabilities saying, “I’ve got your back.” This surprise appearance by the President of the United States was the highlight of the day for many attendees, including AWARE CEO Larry Noonan, Jeff Folsom, chief operating officer, and board member Stephen Addington.
See Briefing on page 4
Special Olympics team claims Division C title
AWARE INC CEO Larry Noonan presents Dan Bowen a jacket and photo at a ceremony at Hope Thrift Store in Anaconda. Bowen was part of an eight-person team that won a championship in the co-ed C Division at the Special Olympics Montana State Basketball Tournament last November in Great Falls. Members of the team received jackets embroidered with the team name and individual photos of themselves wearing their warm-up jackets. (AWARE Inc. photo)
Note to staff and friends
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Bookmarks: Special Ed Law — Page 6
AWARE Inc.’s Vipers co-ed basketball team was recognized recently for winning the Division C Co-ed 2011 Special Olympics Montana basketball championship. During a ceremony at the Hope Collectible and Recycling Store in Anaconda, AWARE CEO Larry Noonan presented the eight-person squad and coaches team championship jackets and individual framed photos of them wearing their gold medals and warm-up jackets. (Photo on page 3.) The Vipers competed Nov. 3-5, 2011, at the 2011 Special Olympics Montana State Basketball Tournament in Great Falls, where they defeated the Havre Thunderbirds (second), the Little Bitterroot Wild Horses (third) and the Y Otters A (fourth).
Psychiatrists gather at Big Sky — Page 8
Medicaid panel makes recommendations — Page 15
Complete coverage of Corporate Congress — Page 16