Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Disability Awareness Day Ceremony

Reprinted from today's Herald Times:

A ceremony today will honor 10 local organizations that have contributed to the employment of individuals with disabilities.

Sponsored by the Diversity Works steering committee, a partnership between Stone Belt, Options, WorkOne and Vocational Rehabilitation, the event will be 2-3:30 p.m. at KRC Catering, 216 S. College Ave.

Mayor Mark Kruzan is scheduled to speak, and to declare today Disability Awareness Day in Bloomington.

Honorees are: Monroe Hospital, Indiana University’s Memorial Union Market Place, O’Charley’s, Babb’s Super Valu, IU’s Student Recreational Sports Center, The PourHouse, IU’s Instructional Systems Technology, Goodwill East, IU’s Center for Evaluation and Education Policy and Cook Urological.

“Many businesses in our community recognize that an individual’s skills and abilities and not a disability, define her or him as a good employee and as an asset to the organization,” Daniel Grundman, director of employee services for the city of Bloomington and the head business leader of Diversity Works, said in a statement.

Hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense, Grundman said. It helps those individuals achieve independence and grows the local work force and economy, he said.

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