Each year, MDSC honors individuals or organizations who have celebrated the rich accomplishments of people with Down syndrome.
Allen C. Crocker Award of Excellence
The highest award offered by the MDSC, the Allen C. Crocker Award of Excellence was established in recognition of Dr. Crocker’s many years of nurturing individuals with Down syndrome and their families throughout their life’s journey. The award is presented to the person who most advances the Down syndrome movement.
Outstanding Educator Award
Presented to an educator in Massachusetts who has significantly contributed to ensuring that students with Down syndrome are given every opportunity to maximize their full potential.
Exemplary Employer Award
Established in 2016, this award is presented to an individual or company who is an exemplary employer in creating a welcoming, inclusive work environment for individuals with Down syndrome and/or other disabilities. Employers of the Year recognize the inherent value that people with Down syndrome can bring to the workforce and act as role models for other employers to emulate.
Philip Donahue Employee of the Year Award
Established in 2022, the Philip Donahue Employee of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies Philip’s leadership and commitment to the community.
Presented to a person or company who exemplifies the MDSC’s mission to disseminate up-to-date information about Down syndrome.