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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 3, 2016
For More Information Contact:

Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie

(518) 474-1201

www.nysed.gov

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State Education Department Recognizes Employers of Individuals with Disabilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

This month, the New York State Education Department will celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by recognizing businesses from across the State that do an outstanding job of employing individuals with disabilities. The Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES), with the help of several partner organizations, will host several events across the State to highlight the connection between businesses seeking qualified workers and workers, who just happen to be individuals with disabilities. Through the Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) program, the Department assists individuals with disabilities in securing and maintaining employment so they can live independently. Now through the end of October, businesses of all sizes from all parts of the state will be celebrated for their willingness to invest in qualified people with disabilities in their communities by offering them employment opportunities.

“An individual who is qualified for a job and who wants to work must have the opportunity to do so. The businesses being recognized this month not only understand that notion but also understand that it applies to every person, regardless of disability,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “I urge New Yorkers to support these businesses for doing the right thing, and I hope we have even more businesses to celebrate for this reason next October.”  

“All month long, we will be recognizing businesses that are doing the right thing for their communities, their customers, and their checkbooks by employing qualified, capable, and hard working men and women who also happen to have a disability,” State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said. “These businesses not only help these adults live independently and provide for their families, but they also create new customers for local businesses and enrich their communities by making these individuals a part of them. Put simply, that’s good business. I encourage other businesses to follow their lead.”

ACCES-VR offers individuals with disabilities a wide range of supports—from counseling and guidance, assessment, job placement, and job coaching to tuition assistance and equipment and inventory for those who are self-employed—to help them make a career and earn a living. These individuals work with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who connect them with the right programs and people so they can reach their employment goal. In 2015, more than 27,000 individuals became eligible for ACCES-VR services and more than 12,000 secured employment. There are 15 ACCES-VR offices statewide.

ACCES-VR works closely with the DOL and the New York State Commission for the Blind in helping individuals with disabilities find jobs and identifying employers that hire these individuals. The Commission for the Blind provides vocational rehabilitation for people who are blind and nominates businesses to be recognized this month. Additionally, DOL vets all businesses nominated as part of NDEAM.

Twenty events are happening across the state this month, during which selected businesses will be recognized for their work in giving individuals with disabilities employment opportunities. The full list of events by region is included at the end of this press release and on the NYSED website.

To find out more about ACCES-VR services, please go to www.acces.nysed.gov/vr/  or call 1-800-222-JOBS (5627).

2016 National Disability and Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

& Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) Statewide Event Listing

DISTRICT OFFICE

DATE

PLACE
(name of venue, address, web address)

TIME

New York City Region

White Plains District Office

Office Westchester NDEAM

10/14/16

DoubleTree Marriot by Hilton Hotel

455 S Broadway, Tarrytown NY 10591

http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-tarrytown-TERHIDT/index.html

8:00am - 10:30am

White Plains District Office

Rockland Office NDEAM

10/28/16

The Chalet at Spook Rock

233 Spook Rock Road, Suffern NY 10901

www.spookrockgolfny.com

8:00am -10:30am

White Plains District Office

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/27/16

Westchester County Office for the Disabled

148 Martine Avenue, Room 102 White Plains, NY

http://disabled.westchestergov.com/  

9:30am – 1:00pm

Manhattan District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/6/2016

Whitney Museum

99 Gansevoort Street,  NY, NY 10014

www.whitney.org

8:30am-10:30am

Long Island/Queens Region

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/14/16

Carlyle on the Green, Bethpage State Park

99 Quaker Meeting House Road

Farmingdale, NY 11735

www.carlylecatering.com

8:30am-11:30am

Capital District/Mid-Hudson Region

Albany District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/6/16

Treviso’s by Mallozzi’s (Italian-American Community Center)
257 Washington Ave. Ext., Albany

www.mallozzis.com/treviso

11:30am-2:30pm

Albany District Office

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

11/9/16

Price Chopper/Market 32

www.pricechopper.com/market-32-by-price-chopper

9:30am-2:00pm

Albany District Office

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/19

MetLife

500 Jordan Rd., Troy

(Rensselaer Technology Park)

WWW.metlife.com

9:00am-2:30pm

Mid-Hudson District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/6/16

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

40 Civic Center Plaza

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

845-485-5300

www.pokgrand.com

7:45am-10:00am

Mid-Hudson District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/20/16

Otterkill Country Club

100 Otter Road

Campbell Hall, NY 10916

845-427-2020

www.otterkillcountryclub.com

6:00pm-9:00pm

Central New York Region

Utica District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/19/16

Radisson Hotel

200 Genesee St

Utica, NY 13502

(NDEAM awards and DMD Breakfast after DMD events)

www.radisson.com

8:00am – 12:00pm 

(actual start time may be later)

Syracuse District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/19/16

Drumlin Country Club

800 Nottingham Rd.

Syracuse, NY 13224

www.drumlins.com

8:00am-10:00am

Syracuse District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony 

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/27/16

The American Foundry

246 West Seneca St.

Oswego, NY 13136

www.theamericanfoundry.com

8:00am-10:00am

Southern Tier District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/5/16

Springbrook Community Services

5588 NY-7

Oneonta, NY 13820

(Otsego-Delaware JSEC sponsored event – NDEAM ceremony precedes a training on “Autism in the Workplace”)

www.springbrookny.org

8:30am–12:00pm

Southern Tier District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/6/16

Binghamton Club

83 Front St.

Binghamton, NY

(Broome-Tioga JSEC and STAHR sponsored event – NDEAM ceremony precedes a training on “Creating an Inclusive Workplace”)

www.binghamtonclub.com/

7:30am –10:30am

Southern Tier District Office 

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/13/16

Tag’s

3037 NY-352

Big Flats, NY 14814

(HRATT sponsored event – NDEAM ceremony precedes a training – topic TBD)

 

www.tagstickets.com/restaurant/

11:45am –1:30pm

Southern Tier District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/18/16

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

225 Water St.

Binghamton, NY

(DMD kick-off breakfast sponsored by the Broome-Tioga DisAbility Awareness Committee)

http://doubletree3.hilton.com

7:30am – 9:30am

Southern Tier District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

11/10/16

The Country Club at Ithaca

189 Pleasant Grove Rd.

Ithaca, NY

 

(SHRMTC sponsored event – NDEAM award presentation followed by a training)

www.countryclubofithaca.com/

8:30am –10:15am

Western New York Region

Buffalo District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/20/16

The Columns

2221 Transit Rd, Elma, NY 14059

www.thecolumnsbanquets.com/

12:30 p.m.

Rochester District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/4/16

Kodak Center for Performing Arts

200 West Ridge Rd. Rochester, NY 14615

www.kodakcenter.org/

5:30pm-7:30pm