Mayor Jim Tom Trent signed a proclamation on Thursday, Oct. 5, in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
National Employment Awareness Month dates back to 1945 when Congress declared the first week in October to encourage employment of people with disabilities.
This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation,” and celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.
Paul Hitchcock, general manager at MSPR, is an employer of a person with disabilities, but is also the father of a person with a disability who is working in the community.
“It’s great and I’d recommend the supportive employment program to any business. It is a process matching individuals with jobs, but the rewards go beyond putting someone to work. You are changing lives,” he said.
Hitchcock’s daughter is employed by a local day care.
“This has made such a positive impact on my daughter’s life. Supportive employment has improved her self-esteem, expanded social abilities and overall, gave her purpose and opportunities she wouldn’t have otherwise,” he said.
The Gateway Coalition for Workforce Diversity was formed in January of this year to develop collaboration between employers, employment service providers, and job seekers.
There are similar coalitions in Louisville and Lexington.
“It was truly my honor to sign the National Disability Employment Awareness proclamation for the month of October,” says Trent. “The Gateway Coalition for Workforce Diversity is a great program for our area. The opportunities they create for an under utilized segment of our society helps both the employee and the employer by adding great quality, reliability, and work ethic to our workforce. The City of Morehead is proud to support their efforts going forward.”
Customized employment is a process designed to personalize employment relationships between an employer and an employee so that both individuals have their needs met, and is a strategy often used by employment service providers.
For more information, contact Ron O’Hair at ronniel.o’firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article was originally posted on The Morehead News.