Raleigh, NC, January 19, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Enable America, a nonprofit group working to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities, honored more than two dozen North Carolina businesses and social service organizations for their support of that mission, in an awards ceremony Friday at the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion.
“The work that we do, and by that I mean all of us here today, not only improves employment opportunities for people with disabilities, it also opens new avenues of social inclusion for those who must cope with life altering disabilities,” said Chris Jadick, Enable America’s Executive Director. “As a result of your efforts, we are collectively working to make North Carolina a state where anyone and everyone can pursue and achieve the America Dream.”
Enable America produces programs that open employment opportunities for people with disabilities, including disabled veterans and wounded warriors. It established permanent operations in North Carolina in 2009, and since then has produced a series of mentoring events and job seeker workshops that help people with disabilities connect to the workplace.
Those programs would not be possible without the participation of businesses committed to diversity in the workplace, and North Carolina social service organizations that serve the disability community. For those efforts Enable America honored 17 North Carolina businesses and 14 service organizations at the event.
“Your dedication to assisting people with disabilities, giving them a hand up, not a hand out, is crucial to our efforts,” said Richard Salem, founder and CEO of Enable America, who has strong ties to the Tar Heel state as a native of New Bern and graduate of Duke University Law School. “We are grateful to the support of Governor Bev Purdue and First Gentleman Bob Eaves in opening this beautiful home for us today, and to each of you for the work you do on behalf of people with disabilities, disabled veterans, and wounded warriors.”
Businesses honored at the event were Bank of America, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of NC, The Carolina Hurricanes, Eaton Corporation, Experis, Hill-Rom, IBM, Lenovo, LexisNexis, Olive Garden of Raleigh and Cary, PPD, Progress Energy, RBC Bank, Rex Healthcare, SAS, WakeMed Health and Hospitals, and WRAL Capital Broadcasting. Service organizations that were honored were Community Workforce Solutions, Durham VAMC, Ft. Bragg ACAP Center, Military Family Support Group, NC Central University, NC Department of Commerce Workforce Development, NC DHHS Vocational Rehabilitation, NC DHHS Division of Services for the Blind, Power of the Dream, The ARC of Wake County, Veterans Administration VR&E, Wake County Human Services Millbrook Job Link, Wake County VRMC, and Wake Tech Community College.
Special recognition was given to Progress Energy, honored as a Platinum Sponsorship Member of Enable America, for support of Enable America programming, continued participation in group events, and establishment of an internal employee network group for individuals and caregivers managing disabilities, known as PRIDE (Progress Inclusion and Disability Education group).
About Enable America
Enable America was established in 2002 by attorney Richard Salem as a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities find employment and live independently. The organization’s Community Connections, Business Connections, and VetConnect programs unite members of the disability community and business community to raise awareness and increase employment opportunities for the 54 million Americans with disabilities, including our nation’s wounded warriors. More information can be found on the organization’s web site, [www.EnableAmerica.org.].
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