Astorino Celebrates Disability Employment Awareness, Unveils Emergency Preparedness Video
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DisabilityemploymentOct. 6, 2017 -- County Executive Robert P. Astorino today congratulated dozens of employees with disabilities who have excelled in their jobs as well as the businesses that hired them during the National Disability Employment Awareness Month Breakfast.

“It is always a pleasure to recognize those individuals who have overcome obstacles and succeeded at their jobs,” Astorino said. “It is also a tribute to those businesses that have done so much to support employees with disabilities in Westchester. Congratulations are deserved for all involved.”

The County Executive also used the event as an important opportunity to unveil a new public service announcement about emergency preparedness for people with disabilities. Filmed as part of Emergency Preparedness Month in conjunction with Westchester Independent Living Center, United Way 2-1-1, and various Westchester County departments, the video highlights four key points of being prepared in an emergency: make a plan, build a kit, be informed, get involved. 

“This is a great step towards personal preparedness for people with disabilities,” said Joe Bravo, executive director of Westchester Independent Living Center. “I want to thank the County Executive for his willingness to work with the disabled community in further developing these types of initiatives.”

Today’s breakfast and ceremony at the DoubleTree in Tarrytown recognized 39 employees and 32 employers from throughout Westchester County.

Each year the Westchester Employment Network, a group of vocational placement counselors and rehabilitation professionals, asks local employers for nominations of disabled workers who have performed exceptionally well. Every nominated worker is invited to the breakfast and presented with a Certificate of Achievement from County Executive Astorino. Their employers also receive certificates to thank them for promoting diversity in the workplace.

The National Disability Employment Awareness Breakfast is co-sponsored by the Westchester County Office for People with Disabilities, ACCES-VR (Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services) and the Westchester Employment Network.

The following businesses and organizations are on the 2017 Local Employer Honor Roll:
ABB Optical Group
ACME
AMC Lowes, Port Chester
American Maintenance
Ardsley Wash & Dry
Barnes & Noble
Berkley College, Westchester
Best Buy, Yonkers
Burger King, Elmsford
Carriage House Flowers
City Center 15: Cinema de Lux
Cortlandt Dept. of Environmental Services
Fairway Market
New Rochelle Library
FlagHouse
FLIK Compass-US at the EF Academy
Foodtown Market Hastings on the Hudson
Goodwill Greenburgh
Multiplex Hampton Inn, Yonkers
Hudson Pharmacy
KMART, Yorktown Heights
Marshalls, Hartsdale
ShopRite, Scarsdale
Stop & Shop, Port Chester
Target, White Plains
The Container Store
TJ Max, Hartsdale
TOPS
Westchester County Dept. of Parks & Recreation
Westchester Institute for Human Development
Westchester Marriott
Westchester Road Runner