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.

“Cape Abilities is honored to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Jonathan Sproul, President and CEO of Cape Abilities. “We hope to bring awareness to the important role that individuals with disabilities play in the Cape Cod workforce, and we look forward to highlighting the achievements of the individuals we serve who strengthen our Cape community every day.”

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.

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.

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Cape Abilities participants are improving Cape Cod’s workforce every day,
thanks to community partners who are dedicated to our mission!

Matt (far left) has been a dependable and reliable employee of Cape Cod Coffee since 2018, where he labels C-cups and coffee bags, and loads boxes for deliveries.  His labeling accuracy at a fast pace – in one two-hour shift he labeled over 800 C-cups! – leaves his fellow staff in amazement!  “We love having Matt work here”, says CCC’s Jillian Manning. “He is an asset to Cape Cod Coffee with the work he is able to assist with – he can do it all efficiently and accurately. Everyone in the office loves having Matt as part of the team and we all enjoy the positivity and energy he brings every time he is here!”

Alexis (second from left) is employed at the Salvation Army Family and Donation Store in Hyannis.   Now in her third year, Alexis’ love for customer service is clearly seen in her dedicated work ethic.  “I am proud to have Alexis on my team”, notes owner Luke Prikazsk.  “She is a hardworking, energetic worker who loves her job.”  Alexis’ attention to detail does not go unnoticed in a very busy retail environment, as customers often comment on how the willing assistance Alexis provides is the main reason why they enjoy their shopping experience

Justin (center) started working three days a week in the kitchen at the Blue Rock Golf Course in South Yarmouth this past summer.  Management at Blue Rock has embraced Justin as a valuable asset of their team, and his excellent work ethic have ensured him a position for the 2020 season. “I really like the kitchen atmosphere, the teamwork,” notes Justin. “I hope it opens more doors for me; I love cooking – maybe one day I’ll be a Chef!”

Kevin (second from right) is employed seasonally at the Cape Cod National Club Course in Brewster.   A valued member of the club’s kitchen staff, Kevin has flourished in the tasks assigned.  His positive work ethic, his dedication to completing all tasks efficiently and on time, and his always-present professional has guaranteed a place on the staff for the upcoming 2020 season.

Andrew (far right) has recently completed one full year as an office assistant with Rogers and Gray Insurance in Dennis.  Andrew began his career at Rogers & Gray as an intern through Cape Abilities Pre-ETS program,  and the one-to-one training he received through that program led to his being hired year-round in 2018.  Andrew’s hard work and organizational skills are easily recognized by the R&G staff – they presented him with their Really Great Worker award, a company-wide employee recognition program.  “We love working with Andrew,’ said a R&G staffer.  “He remains one of the best interviewees ever! Keep being awesome Andrew!!”

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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 workforce.

 

For more information, please contact:
Jamie Crowell
Director, Vocational Services

895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis Ma 02601
jcrowell@CapeAbilities.org
Phone:
(508) 778-5040  x804

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