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Virtual awards ceremony for employees with disabilities who have excelled in their jobs, recognizes the businesses that hired them.

Honoring his commitment to helping individuals with disabilities find and keep rewarding careers, Westchester County Executive George Latimer congratulated 13 employees with disabilities who have excelled in the workplace, and the businesses who hired them. The National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebration, which takes place every year, recognizes individuals who have overcome great obstacles to succeed at their job. The awards ceremony is being held virtually this year.\

Latimer said: “It is always important to recognize the individuals who have faced challenges in order to achieve success in their professional lives. This annual event is about those employees and who they are as people, not their disabilities. We honor them for their dedication and commitment to their jobs, as well as the businesses who have done so much to support them in their endeavors.”

Watch the virtual awards ceremony.

The National Disability Employment Awareness Breakfast is co-sponsored by the Westchester County Office for People with Disabilities, the Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES-VR), the Westchester Employment Network and the New York State Commission for the Blind.

Director of the Westchester County Office for People with Disabilities Evan Latainer said: “October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Westchester County once again is partnering with ACCES-VR and the WEN Committee to honor those employees and employers who have worked so hard this past year in being such a vital part of our community. Even though we continue to be challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, these employees and the employers that stand by them should be commended for their dedication in being part of the workforce. We look forward to celebrating those achievements and building additional partnerships to employ individuals with disabilities into the Westchester County workforce. County Executive George Latimer’s ongoing support in making this event a success is greatly appreciated.”

The following agencies make up the Westchester Employment Network (WEN):

Ability Beyond

ACCES-VR

Another Step

Association for the Visually Impaired

Cardinal McCloskey Services

CAREERS Support Solutions

Center for Career Freedom

Community Based Services

Goodwill Industries

Hope House

IAHD

Jawonio

John P. Tierney

MHA of Westchester

Mosaic Mental Health

NYS Commission for the Blind

NY State Department of Labor

Phelps CDTP

Rockland Psychiatric Center

Search for Change

Southern Westchester BOCES

The Arc Westchester

The Guidance Center

Veterans Administration

Volunteer New York

Westchester Community College

Westchester County Office for

People with Disabilities

Westchester-Putnam Career Center Network

Westchester Disabled on the Move

Westchester Independent Living Center

Westchester Jewish Community Services

YAI-NIPD

Yes She Can

Yonkers Employment Center