Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities Honors Employers
The Kroger Company in Warren County, and AMC West Chester 18 Theaters in Butler County were honored by the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities (GCPD) this month as employers who have made significant contributions to the disability community in Ohio. The employers were among several GCPD awardees at the annual event last week at the Ohio Statehouse recognizing individuals and organizations in categories such as employment, advocacy, accessibility, leadership, scholarship, and legislation.
In selecting Kroger and AMC West Chester 18 Theaters, GCPD members awarded the Employer of the Year honors for, “Significantly contributing to employment opportunities for people with disabilities and welcoming the talents of all people into their businesses.” According to the Warren County Board of DD, the Kroger Company has partnered with them for more than 20 years, and emphasizes ability rather than disability as the most important factor in employment, promotion, and advancement within the company.
In accepting the award for AMC West Chester 18 Theaters in Butler County, supervisory staff noted,
We find that our employees referred by the Butler County Board are prepared, on-time, on-the-job, and on top of things … every day.”
GCPD’s vision is to be a catalyst for system change, and to promote awareness of disability-related issues that can ultimately benefit all citizens of Ohio. The Council serves as an advisory body for the Governor and General Assembly on statewide disability issues.
Grant Boosts Transportation to Work
The Wayne County Community Foundation recently awarded an $8,000 grant for transporting people with developmental disabilities to jobs in the community. The Foundation invested in work opportunities for local people with DD by awarding the grant dollars to Service Provider Horizons of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. According to the agency’s Executive Director Donna Merrill, “The purpose of the grant is to purchase a vehicle for the transportation of residents in Wayne and Ashland counties with developmental disabilities to travel and from community work placements.” Because reliable transportation to and from work is often one of the most important elements of job retention, the grant serves as a positive boost toward those efforts.
P&G – Partnership Leads to Paid Internships
A successful Cincinnati-area partnership named Project Reach involves high school students with disabilities participating in paid internships within Proctor & Gamble (P&G). According to Chris Filler at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), “Deb Stroud, a member of the Realizing Employment First for Youth Leadership Team, is one of the school partners that made this a reality!” Currently, four of the six P&G Cincinnati locations have begun participating in Project Reach, with plans for the final two launching in the next three months. See the complete story online. For more information, contact Chris Filler, firstname.lastname@example.org. Opening the doors of opportunity to a large corporation is a great way to jump-start the transition process and realize individual potential.
Employment Resources – New Report
An online resource, I’m In To Hire, features a new report released by Best Buddies International in coordination with the Institute for Corporate Productivity, titled, “Employing People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” The purpose of the study is to “examine the practices, outcomes, and beliefs surrounding hiring people with IDD.”
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Related resources are at the Employment First website and at U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) website.