Disability awareness nominees sought

August 01, 2011

The Harford County Commission on Disabilities' Employment Committee is accepting nominations for awards to be presented at its annual awards luncheon marking Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.

The luncheon will be Oct. 20 at noon at the Maryland Golf and Country Clubs in Bel Air.

"The awards highlight the accomplishments of employees with disabilities in our community and recognizes the employers who give them the opportunity to join the workforce," Committee Co-Chair Jackie Angerhofer said in a news release. "The committee also spotlights individuals, businesses and organizations that promote the hiring of persons with disabilities."

The theme for October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month, "Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities," promotes this highly skilled talent pool that can help employers compete in a challenging economy.

Anyone can nominate – whether they are supervisor, friend, patron, acquaintance, or co-worker.

Those who know of a person, business or organization that has made an impact, are encouraged to fill out a nomination form. Forms can be found online at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/disabilities; click on "Nominate a Winner!"

Nominations are being accepted in six categories:

• Employee of the Year: given to an individual with a disability who has exhibited exceptional ability and determination in entering or re- entering the workforce or maintaining employment.

• Employer of the Year: given to recognize the extent and effectiveness of the nominee's activities in promoting employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities beyond what is mandated by federal, state and local laws.

• Harford County Student Worker of the Year: presented to a Harford County

student enrolled in high school, college, or a vocational training program that has a work component as part of the program.

• Accessibility Award: recognizes businesses, facilities, programs, and services in Harford County that are accessible to all through design and/or inclusive and accommodating practices.

• Ruth Helen Thompson Memorial Community Service Award: given to recognize an individual, organization, agency or facility that is doing an outstanding job in helping to include individuals with disabilities in employment or community activities.

• Media Award: given to an individual or organization who/which has significantly contributed throughout the year with programming, media coverage or sponsorship of advertisement to promote or change attitudes toward individuals with disabilities.

For more information or to obtain a nomination form, contact the Harford County Department of Community Services' Disabilities Coordinator, Sharon Grzanka at 410- 638-3373 voice/TTY. Nomination forms may also be submitted online or downloaded at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/disabilities (click on "Nominate a Winner!"). The

deadline to submit a nomination is Sept. 7.

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