Senator Jack M. Martins (R-7th Senate District), together with the entire New York State Senate, recently honored Henry Viscardi School President and CEO John Kemp on earning national recognition as the 2014 Dole Leadership Prize recipient.
Martins sponsored a legislative resolution, passed by the Senate, honoring Kemp for earning the honor. He introduced him on the Senate floor during a recent legislative session.
The Dole Leadership Prize is a national award given annually to an individual or group whose public service leadership inspires others. Kemp is the first disability leader to receive the distinction and personally selected by former Senator Robert Dole.
Kemp has been president and CEO of the Henry Viscardi School since 2011. A person with a disability who uses four prostheses, he is recognized as a disability rights statesman in America and throughout the world, with more than 50 years of direct experience in the disability movement. He is also a past recipient of the Henry B. Betts Award, recognized as America’s highest honor for disability leadership and service.