Susan Constantino, Ed Matthews honored by National Historic Recognition Project

CP State President and CEO Susan Constantino and ADAPT Community Network CEO Ed Matthews have received the honor of being recognized as Essential Change Agents by the National Historic Recognition Project: 2000-2020.

The National Historic Recognition Project: 2000-2020 continues the legacy of the 20th Century Historic Recognition Project in recognizing the key people that transformed the field of I/DD within the United States over the past 20 years, contributing to the historical record of the field.  

Recipients of the Essential Change Agents honor are recognized for their significant regional contributions to or impact in the field of I/DD in the U.S. between 2000 and 2020. These individuals were often engaged in service, public policy, and advocacy initiatives that were significant in their region, contributed to the national dialogue, and enhanced the quality of life of people with I/DD.

Constantino is recognized as an Essential Change Agent for her work in shaping service delivery for people with I/DD in New York. She currently serves on numerous governmental task forces, councils, and statewide committees representing the interests of CP of NYS, its affiliates, and the I/DD community.

Matthews is recognized as an Essential Change Agent for his work following the consent decree for the Willowbrook State School securing community homes for residents with very high support needs, and his influential testimony a decade later, when state was sued over its compliance with the decree.

A commemorative booklet, the 2020 National Honors Recognizing Significant Contributions in the Field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in the U.S. Between 2000 and 2020, was created to celebrate these remarkable individuals in lieu of a celebratory gathering at this time. The commemorative booklet also contains the following essays that highlight key trends in the I/DD field:

  • Changing Service, Changing Workforce
  • Workforce: Recruiting and Retaining Talent in the Field
  • Advocacy in Action: Power in Working Together
  • The Importance of Defining Quality of Life Through Personal Outcomes
  • The Growth & Evolution of Community System of Supports