Five outstanding companies highlighted during National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is observed every October.  As the month comes to a close, VIA: Visually Impaired Advancement would like to recognize the great companies who have partnered with our Workforce Development program.  The 2021 NDEAM theme is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.”  In coordination with Western New York Employment Consortium and the NYS Office of Adult Career and Continuing Educational Services –Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR), VIA honored businesses and workers who are committed to the ACCESS-VR mission of assisting individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and supporting independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.

2021 NDEAM Winners

This year, VIA has nominated five outstanding companies to receive an award for employing persons with disabilities. These companies showed excellent care, communication and developed an inclusive work environment.

Applebees in Lakewood

Applebees in Lakewood: client was Adam Willis, his wife Casey (also a client) was there. The manager was Jim Kestler. Darla Miller VRC was there from the Commission.

Accepting the award was Jim Kestler of Applebees. VIA also invited client and employee Adam Willis, his wife and fellow client Casey Willis, and Commission for the Blind VRC Darla Miller.

Dave and Adam’s in Eastern Hills Mall (Williamsville)

Dave and Adam's client and staff accepting award from Access-VR and VIA.

Accepting the award was the managers of Dave and Adam’s. VIA also invited client and employee Jessica Nadaolny.

PriceRite in Cheektowaga

PriceRite staff accepting NDEAM award.

Accepting the award was Chris Volino of PriceRite.

Marco’s Pizza and Subs in Arcade

client John Randall and owner Mark Saladyga

Accepting the award was Mark Saldyga. VIA also invited client and employee John Randall and Commission for the Blind VRC Darla Miller.

Applebees in West Seneca

Applebee's West Seneca accepting award for NDEAM.

Accepting the award was Tom Litz and Applebees. VIA also invited client Nick Walker and his mom Carol and Commission for the Blind’s Jane Sullivan.

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