Thomas Boudrow Receives Advocacy Award

Thomas Boudrow, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, for New England Homes for the Deaf, Inc. in Danvers, received the Advocacy Award from North Shore Elder Services at an awards dinner held at The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem on Thursday, November 17, 2011.

Tom Boudrow has been a member of the New England Homes for the Deaf (NEHD) board of trustees for more than twenty years and has served as our board chair for the past six years. Tom is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind (MCB) and he is the former executive director of the Massachusetts State Association for the Deaf (MSAD).

In his professional life, Tom works as an outreach manager in the Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities. He also heads up Disabilities Issues Awareness Leaders (DIAL), a Verizon employee resource group that influences product design, work environment and employment opportunities at Verizon. In 2009, Verizon named Tom its Employee of the Year.

As stated in his nomination for this award, “Tom brings his tireless advocacy to the community of Deaf and Deafblind seniors. Tom focuses on breaking down the communications barriers faced by Deaf and Deafblind elders by ensuring that NEHD hires qualified American Sign Language and tactile sign interpreters; requires all hearing employees to learn ASL; and makes every effort to hire and train deaf staff.”

The grateful residents and staff members at New England Homes for the Deaf, Inc. wish to thank Tom for his efforts and to congratulate him on this well deserved award.