Garber, George receive awards at national rehabilitation conference

At the National Rehabilitation Association Conference held this fall in Corpus Christi, Texas, Martha Garber, director of UNTWISE, and Crystal George, program manager of UNTWISE, received awards for their contributions to the field of rehabilitation.

As part of the College of Health and Public Service Rehabilitation and Health Services (RHS) department, UNT’s Workplace Inclusion & Sustainable Employment (UNTWISE) delivers information, continuing education and technical assistance in areas that affect the employment and inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

GarberMartha Garber (left) received the Research, Project Demonstration, and/or Special Program Award for her development and maintenance of the Texas Credential Program for Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) Providers of Employment Services. The first and only of its kind in the nation, the Texas Credential Program is an online credentialing program, offering tools and best practices for rehabilitation professionals to provide high quality services to individuals with disabilities. Establishment of the credential program ensures individuals with disabilities receive employment services from providers who have completed rigorous, consistent training. With over 2,100 individuals currently holding one or more employment services credentials, the innovative program has elevated the standard to which all Employment Services Providers are held.

GeorgeCrystal George, MS, CRC (right) received the Marilyn Padgett Extra Mile Award for her development of the 2017 NRA conference program. George spent numerous hours developing and revising the program content to meet the needs of conference attendees. She was quick to implement requested changes and did so with a positive and collaborative attitude. The Marilyn Padgett Extra Mile Award is given annually to an individual who has made exemplary contributions to the broad field of rehabilitation.

 “Rehabilitation and Health Services is a department that prides itself on service to its students and staying connected to our alumni and valued community partners,” said Chandra Carey, Ph.D., CRC, associate professor and interim department chair. “The awards Martha and Crystal received are excellent illustrations of that commitment.”

Carey added, “Martha’s development of the Texas Credential Program and Crystal’s work on the national conference program are just a few examples of true stewards to the profession that are a part of the RHS family. They make it very easy to be both #UNTProud and #RHSProud!”