Axel Junker of the Waisman Center’s Community Ties program was recently honored with REM Wisconsin’s 2007 James Grudzynski Memorial Award.
REM Wisconsin is the state’s largest provider of residences for individuals with developmental disabilities. The James Grudzynski Memorial Award was created to honor individuals who champion the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities and whose work enables those individuals to live in the community.
Axel Junker, a Developmental Disabilities Crisis Response Coordinator at Community TIES, works with and consults for individuals in the community whose extreme behavioral challenges put their residential placement at risk. It is Axel’s job to intervene during a crisis and help avoid incarceration or institutionalization.
Community Training Intervention and Evaluation Services (TIES) is a UW-Waisman Center program serving children/families, adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities (DD) who live in the community.