Ohio Valley Goodwill Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

ndeam-artwork-2016In partnership with Goodwill Industries International, Ohio Valley Goodwill commemorates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October. This year’s theme for NDEAM, administered by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, is “#InclusionWorks,” which underscores the important role played by workers with disabilities in enhancing workplace diversity.

“Throughout its 100 year history, Ohio Valley Goodwill have been dedicated to putting people with disabilities to work in the Greater Cincinnati community,” said Joe Byrum, President and CEO. “To this day, we offer programs for youth, veterans and those with disabilities to reach their full potential through education, skills training and the power of work.”

NDEAM’s origins date back to 1945 and was extended to the full month of October in 1988. “By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, Jennifer Sheehy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works.”

For the past 100 years, Ohio Valley Goodwill has worked to support job seekers with disabilities to achieve personal success through training, placement and employment efforts.

“Goodwill believes that by assisting all workers to achieve their full potential, we are able to build stronger communities,” said George Palmer, Director of Marketing. “Once again this year, we are thrilled to celebrate the wonderful achievements of Goodwill program participants, and all employees with disabilities, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” Last year, Ohio Valley Goodwill served more than 3,500 individuals through its employment and training programs and helped 919 to obtain community employment. Over the past 100 years, Goodwill has helped tens of thousands of people with disabilities to obtain economic independence and become fully included in their home communities. Ohio Valley Goodwill takes great pride in the personal success of the individuals that the organization serves.

For more information about how your donations help us support employees with disabilities in obtaining meaningful employment, visit our website at www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/donate. To read more about the success of people served by Ohio Valley Goodwill, please visit http://www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/success-stories/

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