October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the unique contributions individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce. Here at Ontario ARC, we offer a number of services to help individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities find and maintain meaningful employment.
Services and supports include exploration of career interests, job readiness programs, and in some cases a more directly supported work environment. The goal with each of our career programs is to help individuals find relevant opportunities and continue to excel in their chosen path. In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we are celebrating the successes of some of the individuals in our career services programs.
Travis Wyman, a College Experience student at Finger Lakes Community College, was recently honored with the college’s Distinguished Service Student Worker Award. Travis was recognized for his work ethic, consideration for others, and his “infectious positive attitude.”
Mark McMillen was named to the NYSID’s “Joslin Outstanding Performers Class of 2015.” Mark received $500 and recognition for his job dedication, perseverance, and passion for learning new skills.
JR Rivas, a Housekeeping Aid in the Emergency Department at Finger Lakes Health, not only received Employee of the Quarter, but on May 12 was honored with Finger Lakes Health Employee of the Year! JR joined Finger Lakes Health during his internship through Project Search, and has been employed there since July 2013. As part of his Employee of the Year recognition, JR receives a parking space for one year, a plaque, a check, and dinner for two.
Bobbie Johnson is a customer service associate at Walgreen’s Canandaigua where she received Employee of the Month in March. Bobbie started at Walgreen’s in June 2013 with Ontario ARC’s Employee Training Program. She worked hard to develop her skills and now easily interacts with managers and co-workers. Bobbie is also now an expert with customers, recently recognized as the #1 employee in her store with the highest amount of “suggested selling” of products. In July, she celebrated one year as a Walgreen’s direct hire.
To learn more about Ontario ARC’s career services, visit ontarioarc.org/career-services.