Arizona Bridge to Independent Living Honors John Britton at Annual Spirit of ABIL Ceremony

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL), Arizona's largest center for independent living serving people with disabilities, presented its Spirit of ABIL award to John Britton during its annual Awards ceremony. The Spirit of ABIL Award is given to an individual who personifies the independent living philosophy of consumer control, self-advocacy and peer support.

Britton is extremely active, hard-working and advocates at legislative events and council meetings. Britton has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheel chair and a communication device.

Britton is currently president of a self-advocacy group called People First of Arizona, Inc., treasurer of both Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) and Federated Human Service Co-Op of Arizona, board member of the Self Advocacy Coalition (SAC), participant in the This is MY Life Program, and a committee member for Alliance for Full Participation state planning committee.

Britton continues to promote self-determination and independence to people with disabilities by showing that people can do anything they set their minds to.

Nominees were judged on their accomplishments and goals in developing independent living skills and making the adjustment to life with a disability. Nominees were also judged on their involvement and accomplishments in systems or self-advocacy that positively impacts community integration for people with disabilities in metropolitan Phoenix and Central Arizona. Involvement in volunteer peer-mentorship activities, contributions to the disability community and professional accomplishments as they pertain to positive adjustment to disability were also evaluated.

Britton was honored Tuesday, March 29th at the Spirit of ABIL Recognition Event.

He currently resides in Phoenix.

"John is very deserving of this award because he overcame adversity to get to where he's at today," said Phil Pangrazio, executive director of ABIL. "His extreme involvement in the disability community and his ability to promote awareness in the Phoenix- metropolitan area by being an advocate at legislative events and council meetings made him the perfect candidate for this award."

Arizona Bridge to Independent Living offers and promotes programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. The independent living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities. ABIL has been serving the disability community since 1981.