Dr. Royal P. Walker, Jr., executive director of The University of Southern Mississippi Institute for Disability Studies, has received the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award presented by the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD).
The Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes an executive faculty or staff member who has demonstrated excellence in three major areas of the fields of teaching, scholarship and service to the wider community. Walker received the award during AUCD’s 2012 conference held last month in Washington, D.C.
IDS executive director since 2008, Walker has a vast background of experience and training in policy leadership. In addition to his many areas of service and leadership at IDS, in Mississippi and nationally, Walker took the lead in addressing policy change for individuals with disabilities and their families.
In 1997, he developed the Home of Your Own (HOYO) housing program. Over the past 15 years, the HOYO program has assisted more than 500 individuals with disabilities and their families in 63 of Mississippi’s 82 counties in becoming homeowners and members of their local communities. Walker has been a member of the AUCD board of directors, serving as president in 2006.
For more information about the Institute for Disability Studies, call 601.266.5163 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/disability-studies