Excellence in Special Education Award Recipients

Description of Award

NASET's Excellence in Special Education Award is open to organizations who have made a commitment to educate, and or advocate for children with disabilities and their families.  The NASET's Excellence in Special Education Award is one of NASET's most distinguished awards which will be bestowed no more than once a year and not necessarily every year.

Recipients of NASET's Excellence in Special Education Award :


2009-2010 Award Recipient -  Flawless Foundation

The National Association of Special Education Teachers’ highest organizational honor is the Excellence in Special Education Award. NASET's Excellence in Special Education Award is open to an organization, association or foundation that has made a commitment to educate and/or advocate for children with disabilities and their families.  NASET's Excellence in Special Education Award is our  most distinguished award and is bestowed no more than once a year to one select organization, association or foundation.  The winner of this award exemplifies a genuine concern for the education and well-being of children with special needs.

Upon review by our Board of Directors, NASET is proud to bestow upon Mrs. Janine Francolini (President and Founder) of The Flawless Foundation (www.flawlessfoundation.org ) our highest organizational honor, the 2010 NASET Excellence in Special Education Award, for the foundation’s commitment, dedication, and service to children with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, their parents, and professionals throughout the United States.

When informed of the award, Ms. Francolini stated, "We are so honored to have received this award from such an extraordinary organization.  We dedicate the award to all the people who work on the front lines with children everyday. The Flawless Foundation was born from the inspiration and gratitude that we have experienced first hand with the heroes that work in special education with our "Flawless " children."

Upon review of the work that the Flawless Foundation has done, NASET was thoroughly impressed with its vision of creating and supporting programs that accomplish the mission of "seeing, discovering, and nurturing the perfection in every child.” It is evident that the Flawless Foundation is very much “inspired from a place of gratitude and passion for children.”  The work follows its dedication of being “creative, hands-on and proactive to enrich the lives of children who courageously face challenges of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders on a daily basis.” Finally, the Flawless Foundation’s commitment to "advocacy and eliminating the stigma around mental illness in children" is both inspiring and truly admirable.

The National Association of Special Education Teachers congratulates Mrs. Janine Francolini, President and the Flawless Foundation on a very well-deserved award.  To learn about the Flawless Foundation, visit www.flawlessfoundation.org

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2008-2009 NASET Selects LDOnline Recipient of its Excellence in Special Education Award

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has formally announced LDOnline as the recipient of its highest organizational honor, the NASET Excellence in Special Education Award. Given to only one organization each year, LDOnline was selected as the recipient of the NASET Excellence in Special Education Award for its commitment, dedication, and service to exceptional children, their parents, and special educators throughout the United States.

LDOnline is the world's leading web site on learning disabilities and ADHD, serving more than 220,000 parents, teachers, and other professionals each month. LDOnline seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The site features hundreds of helpful articles, monthly columns by noted experts, first person essays, children’s writing and artwork, a comprehensive resource guide, a set of very active bulletin boards, and a Yellow Pages referral directory of professionals, schools, and products.
Upon receiving news of the award from the Executive Directors of NASET,  Dr. Roger Pierangelo and Dr. George Giuliani, the Director of LDOnline, Mr.Noel Gunther, stated:

"Thank you so much for this honor! We are very proud to accept this distinction from NASET, especially since the organization is made up of individuals who make such a difference in the lives of children with special needs. We admire and value the work of special education teachers so much, and it is so encouraging to know that the feeling is mutual. Once again, thank you so much for this vote of confidence."

The National Association of Special Education Teachers congratulates LDOnline on a very well-deserved award.


2004-2005 Award Recipient -  National Dissemination Center of Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)

Press Release of Award Announcement:

May 2005: National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) Selects The National Dissemination Center of Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) as the 2005 Recipient of its Excellence in Special Education Award

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is proud to bestow upon the National Dissemination Center of Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY) its highest organizational honor, the 2005 Excellence in Special Education Award.  Given to only one organization each year, the Excellence in Special Education Award is given to NICHCY for its commitment, dedication, and service to exceptional children, their parents, and special educators throughout the United States.


NICHCY provides information to the nation on:

• disabilities in children and youth;
• programs and services for infants, children, and youth with disabilities;
• IDEA, the nation's special education law;
• No Child Left Behind, the nation's general education law; and
• research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.


NICHCY is deeply involved in collecting and disseminating information about effective educational practice for children with disabilities. This is intended to improve programs and services for the children, including infants and toddlers.  In the past few years they have enhanced their website with:

• New research-related publications, such as Research Connections in Special Education and OSEP Digests;
• New Web pages devoted solely to what the research has to say on the topics our users tell us they need, such as literacy or educating students with specific disabilities (e.g., learning disabilities or AD/HD); and
• Listings in our online resource libraries about disability-related research findings to date and about ongoing research projects and their emerging results.

Upon receiving news of the award from Dr. Roger Pierangelo, President, and Dr. George Giuliani, Vice President, the Director of NICHCY, Dr. Suzanne Ripley, stated “We are very pleased to receive this award, thank you so much.  We are pleased that you find NICHCY information and services so useful and of course we are glad to be given this award.”

The National Association of Special Education Teachers congratulates the National Dissemination Center of Children and Youth with Disabilities on a very well-deserved award. 

National Association of Special Education Teachers
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 300
Washington DC, 20004
Phone: 1-800-754-4421
Fax: 1-800-424-0371
Email: contactus@naset.org
Web: www.naset.org

The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) is a national membership organization dedicated to supporting and assisting teachers and future teachers of special education. It was founded to promote the profession of special education teachers and to provide a national forum for their ideas. NASET seeks to meet a critical need for many of the United States’ special education teachers. It develops and promotes professional excellence through the support of teachers who provide services to children with special needs.

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