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The President's Award

At the ANCOR Foundation, we place high value on leadership. The first President's Award was presented at the 2013 ANCOR conference, Because We All Matter.  This Award recognizes individuals who have contributed to the field of disabilities in ways which have uniquely led to leading practices and profound innovation.

The ANCOR Foundation is delighted to present the President's Award to Clarence J. Sundram at the 2017 ANCOR conference, Taking The Helm, on May 2nd.

Clarence J. Sundram, JD, is a nationally recognized expert on conditions in institutions and community programs for persons with mental disabilities. As Special Advisor to NY Governor Cuomo, he authored a report that led to sweeping statewide reforms in addressing abuse and neglect of persons in residential care.

He also served as Special Master and Court Monitor in class action lawsuits involving the rights of persons with mental disabilities under the Constitution, ADA, and other related laws. Mr. Sundram served as the founding Chairman of the NY State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled, and served on the boards of the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems as well as Disability Rights International where he supported international efforts to reform mental health services in 13 countries.