David Whalen, director of Niagara University's First Responders Disability Awareness Training program, has been named Advocate of the Year for 2016 by Deaf Access Services of Buffalo.
Whalen will receive the award during the organization's spring gala on April 15 at Grapevine Banquet Hall in Depew.
"We recognize and appreciate your kindness and generous support of our organization and the people we serve," wrote board president Michael Cross in a congratulatory letter.
Niagara University's First Responders Disability Awareness Training program is customized for each first responder discipline - emergency management, firefighters, 911 operators/dispatchers, emergency medical services and law enforcement. Created in cooperation with all major first responder associations, councils and state offices, the training is designed to give first responders the knowledge necessary to best serve and respond to individuals with disabilities.
Whalen has facilitated statewide first responder disability training in New York, Arkansas and New Jersey. To learn more about the program, call 716-286-7355 or visit http://frdat.niagara.edu.
Established in 1983, Deaf Access Services connects Western New York communities of deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people using American Sign Language in the pursuit of everyday access through advocacy, education, employment and interpreting services. Additional information can be obtained at www.wnydas.org.