OCTOBER 1998Businesses cited for hiring disabled
Nine businesses across the state will be honored this month for exemplary practices in hiring people with disabilities.
The awards will be presented by the New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA) in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
The award winners were chosen from nominations made by NYSRA members. The nine businesses were chosen for hiring people with disabilities and providing the supports and accommodations the employees needed to become wage earners in their communities.
The winners include four Business Council members:
- Wegmans Food Markets, which is based in Rochester. A store in Depew was honored.
- Sentry Group of Rochester.
- The Sagamore, Bolton Landing.
- Chase Manhattan Bank of New York City.
The other winners are:
- Seiko, Inc.
- Staples, Inc., New York City.
- WalMart (a store in Camillus).
- Raytheon Systems Company of Binghamton.
- SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories.
Another 18 businesses were nominated and will receive certificates of recognition.
Nominations were made by rehabilitation agencies that provide services to people with disabilities, including vocational training and placement opportunities in the community through supported work placements, enclave and mobile work crews and competitive placements.
These rehabilitation agencies help businesses make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees. Their programs helped 23,000 disabled persons become employed in 1997, according to the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities.
October 19, 1998