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Catalyst Awards

2020 Catalyst Award

The Arc’s Catalyst Awards recognize individuals, businesses, and other organizations that have made extraordinary contributions toward greater social inclusion and the advancement of the human and civil rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Honorees are recognized for achievements that have benefitted people with disabilities by creating equity, promoting greater independence, protecting human and civil rights, and raising public awareness of challenges facing the national IDD community—work that embodies what inclusion truly means.


This year’s awardee, Comcast NBCUniversal, has been a catalyst for inclusion through their Internet Essentials program. Over the course of the last several years, Comcast has expanded eligibility for the program, worked to expand internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic this year, made advances in accessibility (such as voice-activated remote control, X1 eye control, and the dedicated services center for customers with disabilities), and other contributions to disability awareness and inclusion (such as coverage of critical issues impacting people with disabilities on MSNBC and TODAY).


Comcast NBCUniversal accepted their award during The Arc’s opening general session.