October carries significant importance beyond seasonal changes, as it marks the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). During this month, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) encourages local communities, businesses, and organizations across the country to join in.
NDEAM is an annual event that serves as a platform to educate everyone about disability employment issues and, most importantly, to celebrate the remarkable contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Although national in scope, NDEAM’s true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level.
At the October 16th Board of County Commissioners meeting, Cascade Founder and Director, Taylor Webster and Anna McEnery, DD County Coordinator, presented a proclamation declaring October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The proclamation was signed into the record and the Commissioners acknowledged local Jefferson County employers who provide career and job opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The following employers were honored with certificates, highlighting the community’s commitment to inclusivity and support for all abilities:
Anchor Restaurant & Bar
The Bishop Hotel
Cascade Community Connections
Chimacum Corner Farmstand
Community United Methodist Church
Fort Worden Hospitality
Goodwill Port Townsend
Jefferson County Public Works — Transfer Station Crew
Jefferson County YMCA – two separate positions
Pane d’Amore- three separate positions
Pizza Factory- two separate positions
Port Townsend School of Massage
QFC – two separate positions
West Sound Maritime
Thank you for being leaders in your community. By welcoming the work force talents of individuals with disabilities, you are indispensable to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive community, a robust economy and economic self-sufficiency.
We encourage our readers to support these businesses because they support our community!
Click here to watch the October 16th Jefferson County Board of Commissioners Regular Meeting. Skip to the 0:48:08 to watch the NDEAM proclamation.