Stephen E. Sallee Assistive Technology Awards of Excellence


The Grant Advisory Council for the NC Assistive Technology Program is receiving nominations for the 2019 Stephen E. Sallee Assistive Technology Awards of Excellence which are presented annually to two deserving individuals.

These awards honor the spirit of an individual who overcame numerous physical obstacles resulting from an accident, became a professor, created a support group, the “Adaptables”, in Winston-Salem, and helped create the current AT center in Winston-Salem.  

The awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions towards promoting the use of AT in North Carolina and/or making AT more accessible to those who need AT.

  • Individuals involved with assistive technology as a professional, an advocate, volunteer, AT user, family member of an AT user, or caregiver to an AT user are among those that have been considered for these awards in the past.

  • Past award winners included public school teachers, university professors, therapist from various healthcare fields, lawmakers, inventors, and AT users who used their devices to assist them succeed in school, perform on-the-job, or serve their communities.

The deadline for nominations is August 23, 2019, and the awards will be presented at the Assistive Technology Vendor Expo on September 26, 2019, at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.


Stephen E. Sallee – A Brief Biography

Stephen E. Sallee became a wheelchair user after a diving accident in 1962. Despite physical challenges, he received both his BS and MS degrees from the University of Oklahoma and his EDS from AppalachiaStephen E. Sallee, Assistive Technologistn State University. After a number of years of teaching, Steve decided that he needed to devote more time to maintaining his health. He moved to Winston-Salem, where he is credited with helping to start a support group called the “Adaptables”. He began volunteering with the NC Assistive Technology Program and, later, became a part-time technologist with the agency. Steve’s interest in technology that assisted people with disabilities led to him helping to develop the assistive technology center in Winston-Salem, which serves the north central region of North Carolina. Steve died on May 10, 2002. The Stephen E. Sallee Assistive Technology Awards of Excellence commemorates his contributions to the field and acknowledges our deep gratitude for his service to persons with disabilities.


Who to Contact for Information: Frank Harden, North Carolina Assistive Technology Program, Phone: 919-859-8360, Email:


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