NOD Board Member Michael Stein Selected As Winner Of Prestigious Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards

March 4, 2013
Source: National Organization on Disability

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 4, 2013 -

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) congratulates board member Michael Stein, who today was named one of the winners of the first-ever Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. The Awards were developed to honor the legacy and vision of Long Island-based The Viscardi Center's founder, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., and to recognize exemplary leaders in the disability community who have had a profound impact on shaping attitudes, raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with disabilities. 


Michael Stein is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability. An internationally acclaimed expert on disability law and policy, Stein participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, works with organizations that advocate for the rights of people with disabilities around the world, actively consults with international governments on their disability laws and policies, and advises a number of United Nations bodies. Stein is a graduate of New York University, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and a J.D. degree from Harvard, where he was the first person with a disability to serve on the Law Review. He has been a member of NOD's board since November 2009.


"Words cannot express how proud I am to know Michael Stein, and to call him a friend and a member of our board," said Carol Glazer, NOD President. "Michael is an extraordinary person, and his work to date has had an immeasurable impact on the improvement of quality of life for people with disabilities. He is incredibly deserving of a Viscardi Award, and I look forward to his continued work for this important cause."


The Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards winners were selected for:

  • Serving as a powerful force for change and enhanced the opportunities for people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society;
  • Demonstrating a vision, understanding and commitment to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities; and
  • Helping to lead societal transformation that is producing improved outcomes and higher expectations for the disability community.

"Michael Stein is truly a visionary in the global disability community," Glazer added. "He's a leader, a mentor and a role model, and we're so proud that his ground-breaking efforts have been recognized by The Viscardi Center."


More information on the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards can be found at The Viscardi Center is a network of non-profit organizations that provides a lifespan of services that educate, employ and empower children and adults with disabilities.