National Disability Employment Awareness Month, (NDEAM,) is the time to celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for this year, which marks 70 years since the first observance, is “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” In observance of the celebration, AHRC New York City’s Employment Business Services department hosted an appreciation dinner on November 4, 2015 for its contracted employers at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York. The event was a slam dunk and all were proud to be in attendance.

Many awards were distributed and several people were recognized for all that they do. Outstanding Employer Awards were given to employers who support and encourage their employees with developmental disabilities, including Applebee’s, Aramark, Barclays Center, Sims Municipal Recycling, and Staples.

Employer Cards

In celebration of the night, sports trading cards decorated the event space, themed to highlight the companies that employ people with disabilities, as well as the people who have obtained employment through AHRC NYC programs.

Workers

The Special Honoree award went to Marie Elena Chindamo, Chief Human Resources Officer and Executive Vice President of Human Resources for the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.

When a person goes out to work for the first time, it is a life-changing event,” said Steve Towler, Associate Executive Director, AHRC NYC. “Having a job is one of the big parts of citizenship, and having that opportunity is something that is valued by Americans across the country.”