Liz Hecht Honored as Outstanding Parent

Linda Rowley, Waisman Communications

Elizabeth Hecht, senior outreach specialist at the Waisman Center’s Children with Special Health Care Needs Program was recently honored for her work on behalf of families. Liz was given the Kasidhe Olson Distinguished Parent Award at the 22nd annual Circles of Life conference that was held May 4 &  5 in Stevens Point, WI.

It was noted that Liz has been a tireless worker on behalf of Wisconsin children with disabilities and their families. Her strong interest in public policy ensures that the voices of our families are always at the table, whether at cross-disability coalitions, departmental workgroups, ad hoc committees, legislative hearings, or Governor-appointed councils.  As the statewide co-director of Wisconsin Family Voices and the coordinator of the Southern Regional Children with Special Health Care Needs Center, Liz is committed to ensuring that all children with disabilities, regardless of their diagnostic label, have access to services based on their individual needs. She is passionate in her belief that children thrive best when families are supported in their homes and communities. She is committed to the principles of family-centered care and community inclusion of all people with disabilities. Her work as chair of the Children’s Long-Term Care Redesign is changing the way Wisconsin and its counties are working with families. She is always the first to ask, “What is the effect on families?” and “Where is the family perspective?” on any issue.

The Kasidhe Olson Award is given in recognition and honor of a parent who has made outstanding efforts and given of them to enrich the lives of all families of children with disabilities across Wisconsin.