October 29 – Oranit Solomonov (NDEAM Success Story)

Celebrating Our Successes!

Reflecting the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

The Philadelphia “Employment 1st, Employment NOW!” Steering Committee is celebrating this year’s event with a month of employment success stories. Each day you will be receiving an email containing a new story about someone who is contributing to their community through employment. We invite you to join us as we celebrate their successes!

Oranit Solomonov – Artist, Business Woman, & Yes – Co-Pilot!

Oranit S. is a self-taught artist from Tel Aviv, Israel. Her work is colorful and vibrant, expressing a variety of her interests including animals and air planes, as well as expressing her strong Jewish identity. Oranit S. is also an uncertified co-pilot and loves to fly. As an exhibitor, Oranit’s work has been featured both regionally and nationally, including at the Outsider Art Fairs in St. Louis, Missouri (2012), in New York City (2013), and held in a private collection in Argentina (2013). Oranit S. receives employment support from IDEATE, a unit within Resources for Human Development. Her most recent adventure is that of a business woman. #EmploymentFirstPA#NationalDisabilityAwarenessMonth Dwight Evans

View the complete slideshow description and full transcript below.

Title Slide: Introducing Oranit S, screen rolling through a few pictures of people/artwork, with quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out without fear for newer and richer experiences.”

Slide 2: Oranit getting into a small airplane co=pilot seat, “she ignored them when they said ‘You can’t do that’. “

Slide 3: Oranit with man’s arm around her shoulder, “She started a business and works hard at networking.”

Slide 4: Oranit next to worktable with right hand raised in sign of joy, big smile on her face, “She works her way and on her own terms.”

Slide 5: Oranit showing large framed poster advertising showing of her artwork, Oranit Solomonov Sung on Canvas, “And enjoys each triumph with the support of friends and family.”

Slide 6: Painted picture of Liberty Bell surrounded by flowers and faces, “Her style is upbeat and quirky.”

Slide 7: Painted picture of woman’s face, “And every day, she pushers forward…”

Slide 8: Oranit sitting in co-pilot seat of small airplane with flying gear on, “Into other things people say are impossible.”

Slide 9: Oranit with fisted hands, arms raised and opened in victory sign, “Business woman. Earner. And yes, Co-pilot.”

 – submitted by RHD ID8