ACCEL Honors Carolyn Brightman with the Leading with the Why Distinguished Service Award

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Carolyn BrightmanACCEL, a private, nonprofit school for children with special needs has honored Carolyn Brightman with the “Leading with the Why” Distinguished Service Award for best promoting its vision of providing a life of dignity and self-worth to all students.

Award Recipient, Brightman, is a paraprofessional and has been working at the ACCEL Metro Campus since 2001.

“Carolyn is very dedicated to her work as she has a strong commitment to create a better life for all of our students which is something we appreciate,” said Connie Laird, executive director of ACCEL. “She puts our students first and truly focuses on helping them lead lives of dignity, which is why our organization exists.”

Brightman was selected based on what she has done to give ACCEL’s students, adult clients and their families a better life as well as how she has consistently promoted ACCEL’s vision of a life of dignity and self-worth. She is the second-ever recipient to be recognized with the award.

Brightman is a Phoenix resident.



ACCEL is a private, nonprofit school for children with special needs, ages 5-22, and adults 18 and over and is recognized as a leader in the field of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ACCEL provides innovative, individualized and comprehensive educational, therapeutic, vocational, behavioral, life skills and transitional services to individuals with a wide range of abilities and challenges including autism, intellectual, emotional, physical disabilities and health impairments. ACCEL operates a variety of enterprise programs including ACCEL Adult Services, The BISTA Center and Gifted Hands Boutique. For more information, please visit

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