Corbett Ryan Pathways Pioneer Awards

The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) presents the Corbett Ryan Pioneer Award each year to honor individuals who demonstrate excellence in pursuing and achieving quality of life while living with a personal physical challenge.

Winners are chosen based on:

  • Motivation and achievement in accomplishing personal or professional goals
  • Creative approach to education and participation in their vocation or profession
  • Positive approach to life
  • Service as a role model, demonstrating self respect and sensitivity to others

2013 Recipient — Rich Donovan
In 2006, Rich founded Lime Connect, a non-profit organization that works with clients including Google, IBM, and PepsiCo to boost hiring of talented individuals with disabilities. Lime Connect was identified as a best practice company by the US Department of Labor. In 2012, he helped found Fifth Quadrant Analytics (FQA) which provides corporate clients with reports and consulting that helps transform disability compliance into an opportunity to grow and drive profitability. The disability market includes three billion customers worth trillions of dollars. Rich has held positions as CEO of FQA, a member of the
Board of Trustees at United Cerebral Palsy, and an avid sailor. He and his wife Jenn have a son named Maverick.

2012 Recipient — Tobias Tsai, MD
Currently a Pediatric Physiatrist at Levine Children’s Hospital, Dr. Tsai has used his own experiences with cerebral palsy to inspire his career. Specializing in treating children with physical, cognitive and language issues, he has helped patients reach their maximum potential. Dr. Tsai completed his Pediatric Rehabilitation Fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the Chief Resident of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine.

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2011 Recipient — Steven Wampler
After a career as an environmental engineer, Steve founded The Wampler Foundation. Also known as Camp Wamp, the foundation provides life-changing opportunities through outdoor recreation programs for children with muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other physical disabilities, at no cost to their families. Steve won the Sports Illustrated “Sweat for Greatness” contest after making history as the first person with cerebral palsy to climb and summit Yosemite’s El Capitan. He is married and has two children.

Check out this YouTube video about Steve’s ascent on El Capitan

2010 Recipient — Gary Endacott
Gary Endacott has served as Disability Facilitator for the Ministry of Education of New Zealand. He has worked to ensure the best possible outcomes for children with disabilities. He was the first person with a physical difference to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Gary’s contributions to inclusion are extensive, especially in the world of sports where he has regularly excelled. He completed the New York City Marathon four times and became a world disabled tennis champ.

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2009 Recipient — Judy Panko Reis, MA, MS
Judith Panko Reis, MA, MS, founder of the Women with Disabilities Center (WWDC) of Access Living, sustained a traumatic brain injury by random assault more than 20 years ago. Judith established the WWDC in 1991 at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago when she discovered a lack of accessible women’s health services during her own pregnancy. The WWDC became the first health resource center in the country run by women with disabilities for women and teenage girls with disabilities. Under the direction of a community board of women with disabilities, the WWDC offers weekly support groups, mentorship programs and individual consultations to help problem-solve.