Debora Matthews, CEO of The Children's Center Honored for Commitment to Children With Disabilities

Aug 17, 2011, 14:43 ET from The Children's Center of Wayne County

DETROIT, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Children's Center is very pleased to announce that Chief Executive Officer Debora Matthews has been selected to receive the 2011 EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award. This award is given to distinguished individuals as part of Disabilities Awareness Day recognition events nationwide. Debora was chosen from an impressive list of local candidates for her dedication and commitment to, and advocacy for, those with special needs.

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The mission of Disability Awareness Night (DAN) is to expand awareness of the 54.6 million Americans living with disabilities, by highlighting their extraordinary achievements and the perseverance and dedication of the families, physicians, nurses, therapists, educators and other caregivers involved in their care and development. The presentation of the EP Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award (named after the founder and former editor-in-chief of Exceptional Parent magazine, EP) at each Disability Awareness Night signifies the remarkable accomplishments that can be achieved under difficult circumstances.

Debora will be honored on August 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Comerica Park prior to the Detroit Tigers game. The Children's Center will bring more than 50 children and their families to the park for the ceremony and game compliments of sponsors, Barbara Gill, Principal, Seymour Gill Financial, a MassMutual agency and their Special Care program and Exceptional Parent Magazine.

According to Debora Matthews, "This award is truly an honor. I get the greatest reward seeing hope on the faces of children when they finally understand their so-called disability really gives them the ability to strive for a greater future."

About The Children's Center
The Children's Center is one of the largest, most diverse and comprehensive frontline child-serving agencies in Michigan, providing over 25 programs addressing therapeutic & mental health needs of children, as well as foster care & adoptions. The Children's Center of Wayne County has been committed to meeting the needs and challenges of some of the most troubled children in the United States for over 80 years. For more information, please visit The Children's Center web site at

SOURCE The Children's Center of Wayne County