Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force, the 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “America’s Workforce – Empowering All!” 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 once again celebrating this event with a month of employment success stories. Each day we will be posting another success story about someone who is contributing to their community through employment. For those who have requested to receive our employment announcements, you will receive the link to the story in your mailbox. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the successes of people with disabilities working in our communities!
Unlimited Possibilities (and breadsticks) at Olive Garden!
October 3 – Karan S.
Karan has succeeded in living on his own with minimal supports. He continues to learn how to master things on his own, and reaches out for help when needed.
Karan shows this same initiative in his work life. While working at a local brewery as a dishwasher, Karan mastered his job but was unhappy with the environment. He spoke up about his dissatisfaction, and along with staff support searched for a new job. Within a few months, he landed a dishwashing job at Olive Garden and has excelled at his job. He has been at Olive Garden for two years, and continues to excel, receiving several “Employee of the Month” awards. Karan is most proud of the “Employee of the Year” award he received in June 2018. For that award, he was flown out to Texas to be honored in front of his family.
– submitted by Quality Progressions