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October 1, 2013

Disability Employment Awareness Takes Center Stage in October

Category: General — NYSID @ 1:53 pm

The theme for 2013 is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.”

This year’s theme reflects the fact that people with disabilities have the education, training, experience and desire needed to succeed in the workplace. The theme also ties in with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Campaign for Disability Employment to promote employment success for people with disabilities.

A.V.R.E. and its Copy Paper Team

“NYSID celebrates the efforts of our member agencies and corporate partners to help create employment opportunities for New Yorkers with disabilities,” said Ron Romano, president & CEO. “Our recent Annual Meeting and 10th Annual Joslin Awards Program provided incredible examples of how much New York State benefits by having a workforce that is inclusive of persons with disabilities.”

For example, A.V.R.E. in Binghamton received the Member Agency of the Year Award, and its Copy Paper Team (pictured above) received the Employee of the Year Award, during NYSID’s Annual Meeting on September 16 at The Saratoga Hilton.

A private, non-profit organization, A.V.R.E. serves people with sustained and severe vision loss. A.V.R.E. works with individuals who live in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Tioga and Tompkins counties, as well as the Pennsylvania counties of Bradford, Susquehanna and Tioga.

A.V.R.E. created nine jobs through its copy paper contract, demonstrating collaboration with NYSID and job creation in an economically challenged area.

How things have changed for the better since the early days of NDEAM:

* 1945 – Congress enacts a law declaring the first week in October of each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.”

* 1962 – The word “physically” is removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.

* 1988 – Congress expands the week to a month and changes the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”

* 2001 – Upon its establishment, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy assumes responsibility for NDEAM and works to expand its reach and scope to this day.

Please let us know about recognition events for your Joslin Outstanding Performers, so that NYSID staff may attend. Share with us any photos of recognition events for your Joslin Outstanding Performers or other news from your organization about the diverse individuals with disabilities who contribute to New York State’s workforce.

Thank you for your assistance and your continued support during NDEAM and throughout the year.

For more information on NDEAM, visit: http://www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/business/ndeam/about.htm


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