Expect. Employ. Empower.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Expect. Employ. Empower.

"We all have a role to play in—and benefit from—improving opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities, explained Kelly A. Petty, CEO/superintendent of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. This year's theme: Expect. Employ. Empower, captures the idea that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It's about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation."

"We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including those with disabilities."

The Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities and SAW, Inc. (a WIRE-Net Member) announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Case Study: According to SAW's website, longtime WIRE-Net member, Oatey Company, a market-leading manufacturer of commercial and residential plumbing products, had thousands of pallets of retail products that needed to be sorted and repackaged. Demonstrating its flexibility, SAW developed a customized solution for this project that consisted of numerous pallets of product. The amount exceeded the capacity of a SAW production facility. SAW contracted with a warehouse company for the additional space necessary to handle the project and put together a team of 20 employees and two supervisors to work at the warehouse. After sorting product at the warehouse, pallets were distributed to five SAW production facilities for repackaging, which employed 100 SAW workers. Eventually the productivity of the sorting team required Oatey and SAW to expand the project to seven production facilities with over 150 employees working on the expanded project.

If you're interested in hiring workers with developmental disabilities who are enrolled in the Employment Services programs of the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, contact Marilyn Jares, Sales Manager at SAW, Inc. at 216.736.4581. To learn more about National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy website.

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