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2017 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted on : 09/28/2017

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time dedicated to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The national theme for 2017 “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” This commitment has been at the heart of our employment program since its inception.

At Arc of Westchester, we focus on abilities, not disabilities. When it comes to employment, we measure what a person can do, not what they cannot.

Our goal is for each individual to live up to his or her potential and pursue his or her dreams. While their disability may be a piece of their identity, we recognize that their skills and talents are a more important component and the reason that they are successful in their job. This philosophy has allowed us to develop an employment services program so successful that it has become a model for the state.

Our strategy is to work with each individual to discover his or her own interests, develop his or her particular talents and build on the skills that will make him or her a unique and valued employee. We then ensure that, once hired, an Arc of Westchester  job candidate is integrated into the new workplace. We stay involved with our employees and employer partners every step of the way. For those employees who need regular assistance, a job coach is always on hand to help them perform their daily tasks and address any needs they may have.

Each year, at our annual employer breakfast, business owners, managers and supervisors take to the stage to talk about how the individual they hired through Arc of Westchester has become a valuable part of their work team. We regularly hear stories about how a person’s performance outpaces expectations and positively transforms the overall atmosphere of the office. Our business partners are thankful to have found a dedicated and trusted employee to do the job – and they often come back to us when additional staffing needs crop up.

“Nobody does it better than Grant and Joseph,” says Vince Monaghan, vice president of lab operations at ABB Optical Group. “Anytime you get employees who will focus on the job you give them and consistently accomplish the goals you set out for them, you can’t ask for much more than that.” ABB Optical group was recipient of the Westchester County 2017 Regional NDEAM award for creating job opportunities at their Hawthorne location. Read more

At Arc of Westchester, our employment program doesn’t simply help people find work, we develop opportunities for individuals to achieve fulfilling and rewarding careers. An individual’s disability may be a part of who he or she is, but we have repeatedly proven that it does not define who are they are.

Did you know?

  • 52 new jobs in past year (July 2016-July 2017).  20 with new first time employers
  • We maintain a 78% employment rate versus 33% nationwide. 
  • Arc of Westchester’s program participants work with more than 250 Westchester County business partners who employ nearly 300 Arc of Westchester program participants of all ages in stores, restaurants, schools, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and law offices.

Learn about our Career and Employment Services

Want to learn more about our employment partners and their employees? Click on the video below to understand what it means to the employer, employee and office community to share in an inclusionary workplace.
Our program delivers fantastic results over and over again. Individuals with developmental disabilities can be successful, contributing members to society. And we have the track record to prove it. Click here to see some of our most recent success stories.




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