Did you know that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)?
Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force, the 2018 NDEAM theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.
On Wednesday, October 17th, SEEC celebrated NDEAM by hosting our 4th Annual Employer Networking and Recognition Breakfast at United Therapeutics. Over 70 SEEC community partners and businesses attended and together celebrated the benefits of hiring a diverse workforce. Attendees enjoyed the engaging venue, a lively program, a fabulous awards ceremony, and a delicious breakfast catered by Seasons 52.
Neill Christopher with The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region presented the Keynote address. Multiple employers and employees were recognized. Matt Hardwick with ResInnova and Jesus Yactayo with Shapiro and Duncan were both acknowledged for embracing and engaging the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce. David Dise with Montgomery County Government and Venus Jordan with Congressional Country Club were recognized for their ongoing commitment to promoting an inclusive workforce. And Bruce Wallace was recognized for his many years of successful employment and for being a leader in the SEEC community.
Dane Scott, Managing Partner of Seasons 52 and Business Advisory Council member, gave the closing remarks. He spoke about the fact that hiring people with developmental disabilities isn’t something employers should do, it is something they must do, and he challenged the room to ask themselves how they could help make a difference.