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 Kodey Toney, right, receives the Partners in Policymaking Distinguished Advocacy Award, known as “The Diana”, from Diana McCalment during a ceremony in Oklahoma City recently. The award is named for McCalment, one of the leading advocates in the nation for people with disabilities. Kodey Toney, right, receives the Partners in Policymaking Distinguished Advocacy Award, known as “The Diana”, from Diana McCalment during a ceremony in Oklahoma City recently. The award is named for McCalment, one of the leading advocates in the nation for people with disabilities.

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 Kodey Toney, Director of the Pervasive Parenting Center in Poteau, was recently awarded a statewide award for his work in advocacy for people with disabilities. Toney was recently awarded the Partners in Policymaking Distinguished Advocacy Award, known as “The Diana”. The winners are nominated by their peers.


Toney was presented with the award during the Partners in Policymaking graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 5, in Oklahoma City. PiPs is a program sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma, which helps train people to advocate better for individuals with disabilities.


Toney was recognized for his work and dedication in helping his family and many others throughout the rural part of eastern Oklahoma. Among the many programs he has helped to bring to this part of the state is training for parents and professionals, Sibshops, parent support groups, conferences, autism screening, and awareness of existing resources.


The award is named for Diana McCalment. McCalment is a parent, and a nationally recognized advocate for those with disabilities. She was the President of the Hissom Parent Guardian Association that helped fight for a better placement for residents of the assisted-living facility.


“This is an extreme honor not just to win the award, but to win something with Diana’s name attached to it,” said Toney. “She has become my mentor and my friend over the last six years. To say that she has influenced my work would be an understatement. She is truly one of the main reasons I do what I do. In 2013, when I was graduating from Partners in Policymaking, one of my last assignments was to come up with a five-year plan. The Pervasive Parenting Center was my plan. Thanks to her insight and guidance it has become a reality.”


Toney would also like to recognize his family for all of their hard work and support.


“I especially want to dedicate this to my wife Jennifer who, as I always say, is the brains, I’m just the mouth,” said Toney. “Konner is the reason that I am doing what I do, and Kruz helps me continue to strive to be a better person. My staff and board of directors are the reason I can continue to do the work I love.”


Konner’s diagnosis of autism at the age of three sparked him to do many of the things he has to help bring awareness to the rural area of eastern Oklahoma.





David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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