October 8 – Working Over 15 Years at a Law Firm

America’s Workforce – Empowering All

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!

Working Over 15 Years at a Law Firm

October 8 – Jonathan W.

Jonathan sorting and filing paperwork
Jonathan at work.

When Jonathan W. started looking for a job back in 1994 he made it clear that he wanted an “important” job where he could get dressed up. He repeatedly asked when he was going to get a job so he could make money to help support his family and meet new people. Four months later, with CIS’ help, Jonathan was hired as support services clerk at the law firm of Woodcock, Washburn, Kurtz, Mackiewicz & Norris.

Fifteen years have passed. The company merged with Baker-Hostetler, and is now located at 2929 Arch Street. While the names & locations have changed, Jonathan remains.  His tasks include filing, and sorting and delivering interoffice mail for the firm. Over the years he has found support through his co-workers, and become a part of the fabric of the law firm. He regularly participates in all of the law firm’s employee and social functions. His mother accompanies him at times, and they are considered part of the family. He is known as a dedicated worker, and a valued employee.

 – submitted by Quality Progressions