PRC takes part in disabililty employment awareness month

Staff and Resource Connection team members of Pathfinder Services celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. Pictured are (from left) Ashley Bostic, Philip Rogers, Erin Burris, Billie Ison, Keylii Winters, Brittany Estep, Diamon Oldham, John Smiley, Sandy Wing and John Niederman.
Staff and Resource Connection team members of Pathfinder Services celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. Pictured are (from left) Ashley Bostic, Philip Rogers, Erin Burris, Billie Ison, Keylii Winters, Brittany Estep, Diamon Oldham, John Smiley, Sandy Wing and John Niederman. Photo provided.

Pathfinder Resource Connection recently participated in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Aw-areness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Inclusion drives Innovation.”

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the em- ployment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Pathfinder Resource Connection team members were honored with a luncheon and were presented with a customized fleece jacket purchased through Pathfinder OutSource Manufacturing.  

“Pathfinder Resource Connection is proud to once again celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Ashley Bostic, program coordinator for Pathfinder Resource Connection. “We want to spread the important message that we value all perspectives in the workforce, including those with varying abilities. We also want to thank our employees who help those with disabilities gain and maintain meaningful employment as well as the employers who benefit from hiring those we serve.”

Pathfinder Resource Connection is the Employment Division of Pathfinder Services, Inc. The division began in 1987 and specializes in assisting people with disabilities and others in finding and retaining employment. Pathfinder Resource Connection has offices in Allen, Huntington, Wabash and Whitley counties and can be found online at pathfinderservices.org/re source-connection.