Dr. Susan Halter Savage of Fairview received the Ruth Roberts Memorial award from The Arc Tennessee during the Twelfth Annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference Awards Banquet held May 30 at the Nashville Airport Marriott.
This award, in memory of Ruth Roberts, Merry Jensen’s sister, honors a sibling of a person with a disability who, through their community involvement and advocacy efforts, creates an environment that fosters inclusion for all.
Susan is the loving sister of Charles, a man with Down syndrome. Her advocacy and community involvement with her brother led him to live independently in his own apartment and have a job long before the rest of society accepted this as the norm for people with IDD. She tirelessly advocates for the inclusion of all individuals with disabilities in the community through a variety of ways. She is a facilitator of a Next Chapter Book Club and has helped individuals get computers, software and training. She has served on The Arc Williamson County’s Family Support Council for 14 years. For a number of years she led the support group called On My Own for young adults to live as independently as possible. She is a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and served on the board of directors of WAVES provider agency. She is adept at working with individuals with IDD who are experiencing depression or other mental health issues. She has devoted her life to making sure that people with IDD are fully included in their communities. We all could use a sister like Susan!
The Arc Tennessee [www.thearctn.org] is a non-profit membership organization composed of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and professionals in the field. For over 60 years, The Arc’s statewide advocacy and education efforts have led to increased options in school, employment, services and inclusion in the community.
The yearly Tennessee Disability MegaConference [www.tndisabilitymegaconference.org] is possible through partnerships and collaborations of many disability organizations and state agencies.