Ron Kozlowski Advocacy Award
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.
The 2019 Ron Kozlowski Award recipient is Tom Fish, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University. Tom Fish has been a leader in the field of sibling support and advocacy for nearly 20 years. He is the founder of the Next Chapter Book Club, a community literacy and friendship program with over 225 clubs throughout the country. He also was part of a team that developed the Aspirations programs at The Ohio State University which was one of the first social/ vocational support programs for young adults with high functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. He established the first adult sibling conference of its kind in the country and was a founding member of both Ohio SIBS and the national Sibling Leadership Network.