From Harford County government:
September 8th is the deadline to nominate Harford County employees, employers, and groups who promote the hiring of persons with disabilities. The recipients will be honored October 21s tat the Harford County Commission on Disabilities’ Annual Employment Awards Luncheon at noon at the Maryland Golf and Country Clubs in Bel Air.
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced “Talent Has No Boundaries: Workforce Diversity INCLUDES Workers with Disabilities” as the official theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The 2010 theme “highlights the fact that workers with disabilities have the work-ethic, determination, perseverance, positive outlook and innate abilities to be part of any successful work environment,” said Jackie Angerhofer, the Commission’s Employment Committee co-chair.
The Commission on Disabilities will present awards in the following 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 have improved the quality of life for individuals with disabilities through accessibility and availability. Nominations may include a new or renovated building or a public place made more accessible through design or program consideration.
• Ruth Helen Thompson Memorial Community Service Award: given to recognize anindividual, organization, agency or facility that is doing an outstanding job in helping to include individuals with disabilities into employment and 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 employment or change attitudes toward individuals with disabilities.
Nominations must be submitted no later than September 8, 2010. Online nomination forms can be found at www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/disabilities (click on “Nominate a Winner!”).
For more information, for tickets to the awards luncheon, or to obtain a nomination form in another format, contact the Harford County Department of Community Services’ Disabilities Coordinator, Sharon Grzanka at 410-638-3373 voice/TTY.
The Harford County Commission on Disabilities was established in 1995 to serve as the voice of the disability community in Harford County. Members are appointed by the county Executive, with the approval of the County Council.
The Harford County Department of Community Services was established in 1979 via Executive Order and works daily to meet the needs of our seniors, youth, persons with disabilities and those struggling to overcome addiction. The Department works with federal, state, and local and private agencies to ensure our county continues to evolve and remains dedicated to providing the best possible services for our citizens and community.