Supporting Businesses That Support Others: National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Award Winners
Written by Guest Blogger, Jennifer Geiger, Business Relations Representative for ACCES-VR
October 8, 2020
People have asked how I chose the career path of a Rehabilitation Counselor and wanting to advocate for people with disabilities. In my college years, I majored in Human Services; I saw and connected with the human in everyone. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
As the Business Relations Representative for the ACCES-VR District Office, I can honestly state I wake up loving my job every morning. I thoroughly enjoy working with people and aspire to provide opportunities to people to achieve their goals of obtaining employment. I have the opportunity to educate and provide information to the business community so they can see the value that people with disabilities bring to the workforce. We have a talent pool of candidates ready to utilize their skills and assist businesses with their hiring needs.
Each October, ACCES-VR has the opportunity to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and celebrate the work of all our partners, who join together to make the connection between businesses seeking qualified workers and workers who happen to be individuals with abilities. These celebrations recognize businesses investing in their local human resources and providing skilled workers with the opportunity to contribute to their communities, earn a living wage, and have meaningful careers.
Businesses are nominated for these awards by individuals in their community. Nominations are evaluated on various criteria, such as creating initiatives to identify and develop increased employment opportunities for qualified persons with disabilities or special measures to attract qualified employees with disabilities through creative and innovative outreach activities.
In the Rochester/Finger Lakes region, we will recognize the following businesses as this year’s award recipients: Honeoye Public Library (Statewide award winner in the ‘Employer with 24 or Fewer Employees’ category), Charette Imaging, Avon Nursing Facility, Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester, Jamestown Container, Town of Irondequoit, and Home Depot.
In addition to these award-winners, the Rochester Area Employment Network (RAEN) has put together a NDEAM Vendor list to “support local businesses that support others.” This vendor list provides the names and contact information of restaurants and companies that have supported RAEN during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) each year.
I hope every business can assess how they can Increase Access and Opportunity to people with disabilities.