By Steve Suroviec, President and CEO
October is “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” - the time every year a spotlight is placed on a mostly untapped and overlooked labor pools in our American economy. Assisting people with disabilities discover the kind of things they are good at and will thrive at in a competitive-integrated job is something for which ACHIEVA is well known. In addition to our traditional job development and job coaching services, ACHIEVA’s Employment Department has been working with Giant Eagle for over five years developing and perfecting the “embedded inclusion liaison” model. This initiative is one where ACHIEVA embeds a disability employment specialist into the human resources unit of a large company to provide on-site expertise on all things disability related, removing obstacles for qualified applicants with disabilities and increasing the overall number of hires with disabilities. We’re currently in talks with two additional Pittsburgh-based companies to utilize this model with them. And ACHIEVA recently hired an Assistant Director for Business Services to scale-up this model and develop other disability-related services businesses need to meet their disability hiring goals.
In closing, please mark your calendars for two upcoming events. The first is October 17th for our annual “ACHIEVA N’at 2019”, which this year is being held at Nova Place on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. It’ll be an evening of great music, fun and entertainment, and a good way to support ACHIEVA’s mission at the same time. The second is our Online Day of Giving (October 24th) during which donations made online during a single 24-hour period will be matched by a generous supporter of ACHIEVA’s up to $10,000. All donations will go to the Cecil and David Rosenthal Memorial Fund. Add it to your calendar so you don’t miss out on a chance to double your donation for a good cause with a few easy clicks from your phone or computer.
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