Andrew Moody, an information and referral coordinator with Arizona Bridge to Independent Living, recently received the Robert Ross Personal Achievement Award, presented by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Moody was the award recipient for the state of Arizona and was one of the top four finalists for the national Personal Achievement Award. He received the award during the live television broadcast of the organization’s annual Labor Day Telethon on Sunday, Sept. 5.
Initiated in 1992, the national awards program recognizes the accomplishments and community service of adults over 18 with disabilities due to any of the diseases in MDA’s program. The awards were renamed in honor of Robert Ross, MDA’s longtime chief executive, who died in June 2006. Ross created the Personal Achievement Award program to educate the public that disability is no obstacle to accomplishment.
“I’m very honored to be recognized with this award,” said Moody. “The Personal Achievement Award demonstrates that people with disabilities have accomplishments worth celebrating, which is what we teach at ABIL as part of the independent living philosophy. I hope to continue to spread that message to people both with and without disabilities.”
Moody earned a master’s degree in education and school guidance counseling from Ottawa University and a bachelor of interdisciplinary studies from Arizona State University. He is a member of MDA’s Phoenix Chapter executive committee and serves as a facilitator for an MDA support group that counsels people newly diagnosed with neuromuscular diseases. He was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a neuromuscular disease, when he was 10 months old.
Moody is a resident of Phoenix.
Arizona Bridge to Independent Living offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities. For more information, please visit www.abil.org.