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Dr. Rosalyn M. Simon Memorialized with Award, Plaque

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), in conjunction with the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Easter Seals Project ACTION, and APTA, recently presented the first annual award in memory of Dr. Rosalyn M. Simon (1946-2011). The award will recognize transportation industry professionals who have made meaningful contributions to the advancement of accessible transportation through education, training, and advocacy.

WMATA Board Chair Catherine Hudgins explained: “Dr. Rosalyn Simon dedicated her life to the empowerment of people with disabilities, and she was a recognized leader, educator, and friend of the disability community. In recognition of her many contributions to the public transit industry, Metro has established a special award that will honor those who have followed Dr. Simon’s example in serving with distinction and promoting the accessibility of Metro to the Washington metropolitan area.”

Simon was a former WMATA employee and an internationally renowned Americans with Disabilities Act expert. Christian T. Kent, WMATA assistant general manager for access services, presented the first Dr. Rosalyn M. Simon Award to Monica Simon, daughter of the award’s namesake and the “other half” of Simon & Simon Resources Inc.

“Dr. Simon was an inspiration to so many of us, and we are truly thankful for the opportunities we had to work with her,” Kent said. “We are the beneficiaries of her outstanding work and generosity of spirit, and this award ensures that her contributions will be remembered.”

As part of the ceremony, APTA President and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Melaniphy and Pamela Boswell, APTA vice president-program management and educational services, presented Monica Simon with a commemorative plaque.

“Through her commitment to addressing the transportation needs of people with disabilities, Dr. Simon brought together the disability community and the transit industry to focus on solutions to ensure accessible transportation for all,” said Melaniphy.


Monica Simon, center, receives a plaque commemorating the institution of the Dr. Rosalyn M. Simon Award from APTA President and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Melaniphy and Pamela Boswell, right, APTA vice president-program management and educational services.



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