The Arc of Woodbury County promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.
This organization honored Leavitt for her work at Morningside with future special education teachers and for her support of the Best Buddies program, where students serve as mentors to the intellectually disabled.
"She just shows a lot of leadership, caring and support to the intellectually disabled -- not just the individuals themselves but also the people who are working with them," said Dick Owens, past president of The Arc of Woodbury County. "She's just very visible in the community in what she's doing."
Leavitt has been on the faculty at Morningside College since 2005. She previously taught in Iowa's public schools as a special education instructor for Cherokee Community School District, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Community School District, and River Valley Community School District. She also served as an adjunct instructor at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Leavitt earned a master's degree in special education from Morningside College in 1995.
The Arc is the world's largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides an array of services and support for families and individuals and includes over 140,000 members affiliated through more than 700 state and local chapters across the nation. The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.