October 31 – Making a Difference…

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!

Making a Difference…

October 31 – Ryan H.

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Kiwanis Aktion Club

Ryan H. is a very social person. His active social life includes playing basketball and soccer, participating in Special Olympics, keeping up to date on sports and weather, and participating twice a month in the Kiwanis Aktion club (a group of people who serve their community, discuss current events, and plan fundraisers to meet community needs). He lives with his parents and enjoys a great relationship with his brother and sister. Despite all this activity, Ryan makes it a point to put employment first.

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Giant Foods
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Free Library of Philadelphia

Ryan works two jobs – twelve hours a week at the Giant supermarket, and twenty hours a week at his local library. His jobs are very important to Ryan, who proudly will tell you he pays for his own health insurance. Ryan plans to continue working at both locations. He has a strong sense of purpose and enjoys earning a living.

~Submitted by Quality Progressions