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Honoring those who bring health care services to people with intellectual disabilities

Golisano Foundation

The Golisano Foundation and Special Olympics on Wednesday honored seven health care organizations and professionals who are working to bring health care services to individuals with intellectual disabilities.

The Golisano Global Health Leadership Award, named for philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano, was presented to the seven recipients by Golisano Foundation Executive Director Ann Costello at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games.

The award was established in 2016 to recognize the progress being made around the world to increase access to essential health care for people with intellectual disabilities.

The awards went to: Kenya’s Lions Sight First Eye Hospital, India’s Dr. Ashok Dhoble, China’s Hua Dong Hospital, Belgian Dentists Collaboration, Paraguay’s Dr. Dorisel Ferreira, Jordan’s Professor Kamal Bani-Hani, and USA’s Dr. Peter Seidenberg, who is a family and sports medicine physician at Penn State Sports Medicine College.

Costello says that the awards, “Recognize the impressive work health care professionals can achieve to care for a marginalized population.”

This story was produced by WXXI’s Inclusion Desk, focusing on disabilities and inclusion.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.