TASP is honored to assist Dr. Alexander Tymchuk to solicit nominees for the ALEXANDER J. TYMCHUK AWARD OF EXCELLENCE for two individuals for their work in supporting parents with intellectual disabilities.


Past Award Recipients


Alexander J. Tymchuk Award of Excellence

Awarded to two individuals nominated by their peers for the excellence of their work in supporting parents with intellectual disabilities.



2019  To Be Determined

2015     Sue Jones, Denice Mock

2013     Art Atwell, Barbara Nadeau


TASP solicits nomination for the Alexander J. Tymchuk award in the spring prior to the TASP Conference.    Winners are announced at the next TASP Conference or using social media in years when a conference is not held.

Check back in early 2019 for a nomination form!




Annual Award

About Alexander J Tymchuk:

Alexander J. Tymchuk, Ph.D., was born in British Columbian Canada.  He received a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts focusing on the neuropsychology of cortical trauma from the University of Victoria. Dr. Tymchuk then earned a Master of Arts from the University of Western On­tario and a Doctor of Philosophy from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, both in developmental neuropsychology.

Dr. Tymchuk worked at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), for over 20 years. This experience provided an opportunity to work collaboratively in pediatrics, psychiatry, neurosurgery, and psychology at a major medical center.

At UCLA, Dr. Tymchuk assisted in starting a new program in childhood disorders encompassing inpatient and outpatient care, clinical training, super­vision, and academics. Dr. Tymchuk achieved tenure and full professorship, and became internationally known for his work with parents with cognitive limitations. He has uncovered and battled prejudices and discrimination while successfully building a new knowledge and service base.

TASP and others who followed him are grateful for the solid foundation he provided and his early leadership and research that contributed to growth in the field. He truly deserves the title” Grandfather of the Supported Parenting Movement”.


Past Award Recipients


Sue Jones – Sue was given this award for her Leadership in supporting parents with disabilities. Sue is a  Program Director at The Arc United, Turners Falls,, MA and former Co-President of TASP. For the past 32 years, Sue has specialized in supporting parents with intellectual disabilities. She has also worked with individuals with disabilities as a recreational therapist, employment specialist, case manager, family advocate and administrator.

Denice Mock – Denice received this award as an Emerging Leader in supporting parents with disabilities. Denice is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a BS Degree in Family Consumer Nutrition Science and an emphasis in Social Services, a Master’s Degree in Social Work through Aurora University and a Doctorate in Social Work through Aurora University.  Denice is the current Director of the Parenting with Promise Program in Illinois.


Art Atwell – Art received this award for his leadership in the field of supported parenting, advancement of state-wide training for practitioners and for his on-going support of TASP over the years.

Barbara Nadeau – Barb won this award in recognition of her work as an Emerging Leader.  Barbara served as one of two expert trainers in the field of Executive Functioning for the Connecticut Work Group.


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