SAIL staffer Autrey receives national leadership award

SAIL Rehabilitation Specialist Steve Autrey is the 2014 recipient of the Yvonne Johnson National Leadership Award

SAIL Rehabilitation Specialist Steve Autrey is the 2014 recipient of the Yvonne Johnson National Leadership Award

SAIL Rehabilitation Specialist Steve Autrey is this year’s recipient of the National Rehabilitation Association’s (NRA) Yvonne Johnson Leadership Award. Autrey received the award Nov. 1 at the NRA Annual Training Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

Since 2001, the Yvonne Johnson Leadership Award has been given annually to an individual who is highly committed to issues concerning people with disabilities and the professionals who serve them. The award was established in 2001 to honor Johnson, a previous NRA president from Georgia. It is presented each year to leaders who are creative, inspiring, and emphasize mentoring.

“It’s really a big surprise,” said Autrey. “Yvonne took me under her wing, showed me the ropes, and taught me a lot about leadership; to receive an award that bears her name means so much to me. It’s humbling to be honored by my peers and colleagues, and I hope to represent the award well.”

Autrey currently serves on the NRA Board of Directors as the southeast region representative. He served as president of the organization in 2001.

“We are all so very proud of Steve,” said Karen Coffey, SAIL program coordinator. “He keeps us well-informed about what’s going on in the world of rehabilitation on the national level and does so much for Independent Living and the agency as a whole.”

The National Rehabilitation Association, with some 5,600 members, is the largest organization nationwide for professionals in the area of vocational rehabilitation.

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