Doug Crandell, IHDD, honored with service award

September 18th, 2014 Contact: Rebecca Brightwell  |  706-542-6061  | More about Rebecca

Doug Crandell, Public Service Faculty member at the Institute on Human Development and Disability, was honored at the Georgia Rehabilitation Association’s annual conference in Savannah.

Crandell received the Service in Rehabilitation Award, given to an individual for outstanding contributions to the field of rehabilitation.

“Doug has worked tirelessly to bring agencies together, by building relationships, starting conversations and advising on best practices,” said Lauri S. Tuten, Awards Chair for the GRA “He has done this not only in Georgia, but in many states across the country. He has managed, staffed and directed community mental health and disability programs at the provider level for 25 years, providing customized and evidence-based practices to people with disabilities and mental illness and their employers.”

In his faculty role, Crandell provides training and technical assistance to Georgia's supported employment and mental health providers. In addition, he provides hands-on, real-time training to organizations across the country.

He has been the Project Director for a number of demonstration grants funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Social Security Administration. Widely published, Crandell has authored seven books.

“Having had the fortune of working with Doug to deliver training to vocational rehabilitation staff, I know him to have an incredible sense of humor and level of energy that invites others to want to join in,” said Paige Tidwell, coordinator of Quality Services and Program Evaluation for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation agency. “This is true whether he is in a room of four people or a room of 100.  It takes this type of person to make change happen and to be a person others want to follow.”

The Georgia Rehabilitation Association is a membership organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through education and advocacy. 

Members work together to promote ethical and state of the art practice in rehabilitation. GRA is part of the National Rehabilitation Association. 

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