The Highland and Fayette County Board(s) of Developmental Disabilities announced this week that superintendent Deb Buccilla has received the Ron Kozlowski Advocacy Award from Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. (APSI) of Ohio. The prestigious award was given to Buccilla at an awards program on June 8 in Columbus.
In 2010, the APSI Board of Trustees created the Ron Kozlowski Advocacy Award in recognition of the agency’s former executive director and his lifetime advocacy efforts on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities.
The award is given annually to a person or entity outside of APSI who has demonstrated a lifetime in advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities and has a long-term connection with advocacy efforts within the DD service system.
“Supt. Buccilla has been a tireless advocate in many capacities, from residential settings to serving on a county board of DD, to becoming a strong advocate as a superintendent for Fayette and Highland counties,” officials said in a press release.
“She is constantly seeking new opportunities for children and adults with disabilities in the community and has given support to the local advocacy groups, as well as the Ohio Self Determination Association, People First of Ohio, and the Developmental Disabilities Council, which earlier this year presented Supt. Buccilla with the Self-Advocacy Hero Award,” the release stated.