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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2, 2019
For More Information Contact:

JP O’Hare or Jeanne Beattie

(518) 474-1201

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State Education Department Recognizes Employers of Individuals with Disabilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

The New York State Education Department will celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) throughout October, an annual campaign to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. The Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES), with the help of several partner organizations, will host events across the state to recognize businesses that do an outstanding job of employing individuals with disabilities. This year’s NDEAM theme is “The Right Talent, Right Now.”

“Individuals with disabilities make great employees when they are given the opportunity,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “We need more businesses to devote themselves to hiring qualified individuals with disabilities. This month, we celebrate the diversity of employees and the businesses that hire them.”

“Employing qualified individuals, regardless of disability, is simply the right thing to do,” Interim State Education Commissioner Beth Berlin said. “We are thrilled to honor the businesses that understand hiring employees with diverse abilities enriches them and their communities. These businesses set the standard for hiring individuals with disabilities, and I encourage other businesses to adopt similar hiring practices.”

“The New York State ACCES-VR office is pleased to once again support National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” Deputy Commissioner Kevin Smith said. “The businesses being honored this month recognize that a diverse workforce can strengthen their business and drive innovation. Through our Vocational Rehabilitation program, we are a proud partner in helping businesses and their employees realize the benefits of diversity.”

2019 NDEAM Celebrations

This year, ACCES-VR will hold events across New York State to celebrate and honor businesses and workers that reflect the ideals of ACCES-VR’s mission to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation and career development.

The celebrations will emphasize local businesses that have provided employment opportunities that enable workers with disabilities to contribute to their communities, earn a living wage and have meaningful careers.

ACCES-VR’s 2019 NDEAM celebrations are listed below.

2019 National Disability and Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) &
Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) Statewide Event Listing

New York City Region
District Office Date Place Time

Manhattan District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/4/19

Visions at Selis Manor

135 W 23rd St

New York, NY 10011

8:30am - 11:00am

White Plains District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/11/19

DoubleTree Hilton

455 S Broadway

Tarrytown, NY 10591

8:30am - 10:30am

White Plains District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/25/19

Chalet at Spook Rock

233 Spook Rock Rd

Suffern, NY 10901

8:30am – 10:30am

Bronx District Office

11/7/19

Bronx District Office Conference Room

1215 Zerega Avenue

Bronx, NY 10462

9:30am – 11:30am

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/30/19

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Corporate Office

4 World Trade Center

150 Greenwich St

New York, NY 10007

TBD

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/31/19

Journal Square Transportation Center Path Plaza

138 Magnolia Ave

Jersey City, NJ 07306

TBD

 

Long Island/Queens Region
District Office Date Place Time

Garden City, Hauppauge, Queens District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/18/19

Heritage Club at Bethpage

99 Quaker Meeting House Road

Farmingdale, NY

11735

8:30am – 11:00am

 

Capital District/Mid-Hudson Region
District Office Date Place Time

Mid-Hudson District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/10/19

Eagle’s Nest

58 Eagles Nest Rd

Bloomingburg, NY 12721

5:00pm – 9:00pm

Mid-Hudson District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/16/19

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

40 Civic Center Plaza

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

7:30am-9:00am

 

Central New York Region
District Office Date Place Time

Utica District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/16/19

Utica State Office Building

207 Genesee St

Utica, NY 13501

11:00am – 1:00pm

 

Disability Mentoring Day

(DMD)

10/12/19

The Foundry

246 W Seneca St

Oswego, NY 13126

Registration begins at 8:30am

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/18/19

Proctor High School

1203 Hilton Ave

Utica, NY 13501

9:00am – 11:00am

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/23/19

Drumlins Country Club

800 Nottingham Rd

Syracuse, NY 13224

Registration begins at 8:00am

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)

10/23/19

Broome-Tioga BOCES

435 Glenwood Rd

Binghamton, NY 13905

TBD

 

Western New York Region
District Office Date Place Time

Rochester District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/17/19

Kodak Performing Arts Center

200 W Ridge Rd

Rochester, NY 14615

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Buffalo District Office

NDEAM Award Ceremony

10/22/19

Roswell Park, Gaylord-Cary Room

Elm and Carlton Streets

Buffalo, NY 14263

12:30pm – 3:00pm

Buffalo District Office

Networking & Panel Discussion

10/23/19

Wyndham Garden Buffalo Williamsville

5195 Main St

Williamsville, NY 14221

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Networking

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Panel Discussion

Diversity Career Fair

10/24/19

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

1 Lafayette Square

Buffalo, NY 14203

10:30am – 12:30pm

2019 NDEAM Winners

The NDEAM 2019 statewide and regional winners are listed below.

Statewide Winners
Business Size Name/Address

500 or More Employees

Sam's Club
56 Merritt Blvd.
Fishkill, NY 12524

499-100 Employees

A+ Towel & Linen Supply
149 Verdi Street
Farmingdale, NY  11735

99-25 Employees

Grandaisy Bakery
250 West Broadway
New York, NY  10013

24 or Fewer Employees

Lone Maple Farm
2001 Hawleyton Road
Binghamton, NY  13903

Entrepreneur

Buffalo Grave Tenders
120 Haussauer Road
Getzville, NY  14068

 

Regional Winners
Business Size Name/Address

Capital District/Hudson Valley

Blaze Pizza
400 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY  12304

Market Bistro
873 New Loudon Road
Latham, NY  12110

Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill
4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY  12538

Orange & Rockland Utility
71 Dolson Avenue
Middletown, NY  10940

Shop Rite of Wallkill
20 Lloyds Lane
Middletown, NY  10940

Sunoco
121 Greenwich Avenue
Goshen, NY  10924

Central New York

Advanced Auto Parts
323 Oriskany Blvd
Yorkville, NY  13495

Big Time Transportation
71 Burwell Street
Little Falls, NY  13365

Cugini's Pizzeria
8182 State Route 12
Barneveld, NY  13304

Leatherstocking Council, BSA
6134 State Highway 23
Oneonta, NY  13820

Little Peeps Play Care
301 Demarest Pkwy
Elmira, NY  14905

McDonalds
30 E. Clark Street
Ilion, NY  13357

RFS Construction Solutions
512 High Street
Lisle, NY  13797

The Garage Taco Bar
1211 Washington Street
Binghamton, NY  13901

Toonie Moonie Organics
144 Roundhouse Road, Suite 2A
Oneonta, NY  13820

Long Island

Amazon
201 Grumman Road W.
Bethpage, NY  11714

Atria on Roslyn Harbor
100 Landing Road
Roslyn, NY  11576

Big Lots
260 Voice Road
Carle Place, NY  11514

Camp Bow Wow
174 Miller Place
Hicksville, NY  11801

Cannon
125 Park Ave., 9th Floor
New York, NY  10017

Canon U.S.A. Inc.
One Cannon Park
Melville, NY  11747

CardWorks
101 Crossways Park Drive
West Woodbury, NY  11797

Evero Corporation
48 S. Service Road, Suite 200
Melville, NY  11747

Gallagher Family Markets - Shoprite
71 College Road
Selden, NY  11784

Henry Schein, Inc.
135 Duryea Road, West Bldg.
Melville, NY  11747

Home Depot
301 South Research Place
Central Islip, NY  11722

LA Fitness
110 New Moriches Road
Lake Grove, NY  11755

Levy Restaurants
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY  11553

Parker Jewish Institute for Health and Rehabilitation
271-11 76th Avenue
Queens, NY  11040

St. John's Episcopal Hospital
327 Beach 9th Street
Far Rockaway, NY  11691

Sunrise Credit Services
260 Airport Plaza Blvd.
Farmingdale, NY  11735

 

New York City

Bill Kolb
252 NY 303
Orangeburg, NY  10962

Cambridge Security Seals
One Cambridge Plaza
Pomona, NY  10970

Chili's
4434 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, NY  10994

Double Tree Hilton
425 East Rte 59
Nanuet, NY  10954

Dunkin Donuts
26 West Orangeburg Road
Orangeburg, NY  10962

Marshalls
241 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY  11201

Marshalls
2485 Richmond Avenue
Staten Island, NY  10314

Montifiore New Rochelle Hospital
16 Guion Place
New Rochelle, NY  10801

Montifiore Nyack Hospital
190 N. Midland Ave.
Nyack, NY  10960

New City Library
220 Main Street
New City, NY  10956

Nolan Painting
21 Green Ave.
Amityville, NY  11701

Northern Riverview
87 Rte 9W
Haverstraw, NY  10927

NYS Vets Home
2090 Albany Post Road
Montrose, NY  10548

Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center
21 1st Ave.
Orangeburg, NY  10962

Rockland County Facilities Management
50 Sanatorium Road, Building A
Pomona, NY  10970

Shop Rite
250 Route 59
Tallman, NY  10901

Welllife Clean Corp.
40 Elmont Road
Elmont, NY  11003

Werok
18 Ford Products Road
Valley Cottage, NY  10989

Westchester Co. Office for People with Disabilities
148 Martine Ave.
White Plains, NY  10601

Wheelabrator Westchester
1 Charles Point Avenue
Peekskill, NY  10566

Western New York

Biel's Document Management
1201 Indian Church Road
Buffalo, NY  14224

Big Lots
6515 Brockport Spencerport Road
Brockport, NY  14420

Buffalo Wild Wings
1500 West Ridge Road
Rochester, NY  14615

Campus Auxiliary Services, Inc.
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY  14454

Cherry Ridge
920 Cherry Ridge Blvd.
Rochester, NY  14580

Christie's Restaurant
1056 Union Road
West Seneca, NY  14224

Crickler Vending Services
900 Jefferson Road #5
Rochester, NY  14623

Expressive Beginnings
12 May Street
Webster, NY  14580

Hyatt Regency
125 East Main Street
Rochester, NY  14504

Instant Monogramming
1150 University Ave. #9
Rochester, NY  14607

IQOR
540 Dick Road
Depew, NY  14043

Jack's Barcelona Drive-In
8249-1st Street
Westfield, NY  14787

Lifetime Service Center
1955 Wehrle Drive
Williamsville, NY  14221

Sowfit
1292 Sheridan Drive
Buffalo, NY  14217

St. Ann's Community
1500 Portland Ave.
Rochester, NY  14621

The Strong National Museum of Play
1 Manhattan Square
Rochester, NY  14607

Walmart (Depew)
4975 Transit Road
Lancaster, NY  14043

Walmart (Fredonia)
10401 Bennett Road
Fredonia, NY  14063

ACCES-VR

Through the Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) program, the Department assists individuals with disabilities in securing and maintaining employment so they can live independently. 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 2018, more than 27,000 individuals became eligible for ACCES-VR services and more than 13,000 secured employment. There are 15 ACCES-VR offices statewide.

ACCES-VR works closely with the New York State Department of Labor (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.

To find out more about ACCES-VR services, please visit our ACCES-VR website or call 1-800-222-JOBS (5627).

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