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March 2, 2015

CWI Video Highlights Job Choices for New Yorkers With Disabilities

Category: General — NYSID @ 2:19 pm


Community, Work & Independence, Inc. (CWI) recently featured Patricia Reed, its 2014 Joslin Outstanding Performer, in a video modeled after its slogan, “Enriching lives one story at a time.”

Pictured l-r: Mark Donahue, CWI's president & CEO; Patricia Reed; and Jennifer Lawrence, NYSID's corporate communications manager

In the video, Patty is shown working on bathroom tissue at North Country Ventures, a division of CWI that employs up to 60 individuals with disabilities in a supported and sheltered manufacturing environment.

The video speaks to the importance of recognition for a job well done and is also a great testimonial to the importance of the choice of facility employment for New Yorkers with disabilities.

An outgoing, personable and friendly individual who considers her job an extension of herself, Patty demonstrates a predisposition to excel and to go above and beyond in her work performance at North Country Ventures.

Without her job, Patty says that she would feel lost and have no purpose. Without Patty, CWI’s North Country Ventures team would be without a most caring, hardworking and conscientious employee.

A link to the entire video recently appeared in the inaugural edition of CWI’s e-newsletter.

NYSID’s 2015 Joslin Awards Program will be announced soon. Thank you, Patty, for epitomizing outstanding performance in Preferred Source employment!

NYSID celebrates National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month this month and recognizes the contributions of individuals with disabilities to the social and economic well-being of our communities, our state and our nation.

“Reveal the Faces of Intellectual and Developmental Disability” is the 2015 theme, encouraging everyone to raise awareness about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) by personalizing the narrative.

This is the perfect time to raise awareness and promote inclusion by updating your organization’s status on social media with examples of inclusive programs and services available in your community, using #DDAware.

Thanks to our member agencies and corporate partners for your continued support during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and throughout the year.


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