October 10 – Choosing Meaningful Work in Lancaster, PA

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!

Choosing Meaningful Work in Lancaster, PA

October 10 – Ryan S.

Ryan S. partnered with Excentia for his job search. He previously attended a sheltered workshop, then got a job doing landscaping. Ryan knew he could do more, and now he is working successfully in his career of choice as a Material Handler with Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op.

Ryan moving pallets at Farm Fresh Co-Op
Ryan moving pallets at Farm Fresh Co-Op

Ryan has made friends at work, and his co-workers are very supportive. Ryan was on the local news a few weeks ago in a segment highlighting his success and the Employment Services offered through Excentia.

Ryan was quoted as saying, “A person is a person. If they want a job, give them a job. They have every right to work.”

Here is a link to the story:


~Submitted by Excentia