Cape Abilities supports National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October!

Filed in Blog by on October 22, 2018

Cape Abilities is proud to take part in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October that provides us with a great opportunity to share our mission, highlight our overall efforts to increase competitive community employment, and publicly thank our community partners who are providing the jobs our participants desire most.

The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is to educate all about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of Cape Cod’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All”.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation.  Throughout the year, Cape Abilities engages in a variety of activities to educate the Cape Cod community on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture.

“Cape Abilities is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Larry Thayer, President and Executive Director of Cape Abilities. “We want to spread the important message that we value the contributions all make to our Cape Cod workforce, especially those of individuals with disabilities.”

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Cape Abilities participants are changing and improving Cape Cod’s workforce every day!

Cassie (below, left) is a fast-rising, team member BJ’s Wholesale Club in Hyannis.  Cassie has been employed there just nine months, and yet, she has already been named Employee of the Month and was recently promoted to a position with greater responsibility and inclusion!

Joey (below, right) is a hard-working veteran of the 7-11 Hyannis crew.  Now in his third year, Joey is determined to stay on the path toward independent living, and his job at 7-11 is helping him achieve that goal – pretty soon he’ll have saved enough to buy his own car!

Ben (below, left) just completed a successful summer of employment at Mom and Pops Burgers in Chatham.  Ben is relocating to Sandwich this fall, where he will add quality and talent to Beth’s Bakery employment team!

Zack (below, center) is a member of the Lost Dog Pub kitchen crew in East Dennis, where owner Andy Murphy employs an integrated, year-round labor force of employees with and without disabilities.  Commitment to inclusion is most evident at The Lost Dog Pub, a winner of the 2017 Cape Abilities Business Partnership Award.

Kevin (below, right) is a member of the Chatham Bars Inn hospitality team.  The Chatham Bars Inn benefits greatly from the hard work and dedication of several of our participants, and they have established a wonderful relationship with Cape Abilities that exemplifies our mission of community employment for the hundreds of individuals we serve.

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Employers and employees in all industries play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month.

Learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the many ways you can hire talented and hardworking individuals to enrich your competitive workforce.

For more information, please contact:
Karyn Rodrigues
Director, Vocational Services

895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis Ma 02601
krodrigues@CapeAbilities.org
Phone:
(508) 778-5040 x895

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