Celebrating Talent: Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. During the month we celebrate the successes of individuals with developmental disabilities. They are our neighbors, friends, family members and coworkers.
Developmental disabilities include attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, fragile x syndrome, hearing loss and intellectual disability. Developmental disabilities can cause challenges with physical movement, learning, language and behavior. These disabilities are often diagnosed in early development and typically impact day-to-day activities and last throughout a person’s lifetime.
For over 50 years, PRIDE Industries has created opportunities for those often excluded from the workforce – individuals with disabilities.
At PRIDE, instead of disability – we see unique abilities, and we celebrate accomplishments every day. With some support from PRIDE’s programs and services, individuals can gain meaningful employment and greater independence. Below are a few individuals who were impacted by PRIDE’s mission:

 

Mario: he has taken the skills learned at PRIDE and applied them to his current job in the community.

 

 

Brandon: a young adult who encountered many obstacles while searching for his first job after high school.

 

 

PRIDE Industries employee with disabilities working at Sacramento International Airport

 

Eric: a key member of PRIDEs’ custodial team ensuring that the Sacramento International Airport Terminal B is spotless.

How can you help? Everyone can play a role in helping individuals with developmental and other disabilities join the workforce. Through employment, people with disabilities gain a sense of purpose, dignity, inclusion, and lead more self-sufficient lives.
Join our network of more than 230 community employers who understand that the same qualities that help a person overcome disability challenges, are the same skills most often sought after in the workplace: resilience, determination and persistence in pursuit of a goal. For more information, email us at info@prideindustries.com.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2016

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For 50 years, PRIDE Industries has created opportunities for those often excluded from the labor force – people with disabilities. Instead of disability – we see unique abilities, and we celebrate accomplishments every day.

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Throughout the month, we celebrate the successes of individuals with developmental disabilities – our neighbors, friends, family members and coworkers.

Through employment people with disabilities gain a sense of purpose, dignity, inclusion, and lead more self-sufficient lives. Our programs are customized to provide assessments, career planning, training, placement, on-the-job support, follow-up and case management. We not only employ and support people with developmental disabilities at PRIDE, but have placed more than 500 individuals with disabilities in community employment. Many have been successfully employed with the same local employer for years. To learn more about our services, click here.

We can all play a role in helping individuals with developmental, and other disabilities go to work. How can you help? Consider ways in which opportunities can be created in your business or organization. Not sure how? Contact us. We’d be happy to help! Send an email to: info@prideindustries.com.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time set aside to bring awareness to developmental disabilities and celebrate the accomplishments of impacted individuals. You may read about highlighted celebrities with developmental disabilities and their achievements.  At PRIDE Industries, we celebrate the successes of individuals with developmental disabilities every day.

Developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to impairment in physical, learning, language or behavior areas.  According to the Center for Disease Control, approximately one in six children in the U.S. has one or more developmental disabilities or other developmental delays. Developmental disabilities include autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy, fragile-X syndrome, and intellectual disabilities.

Forty-nine years ago, a group of parents seeking greater opportunities for their adult children with developmental disabilities founded PRIDE Industries.  Today, PRIDE is a nationally recognized nonprofit social enterprise with an unchanged mission: creating jobs for people with disabilities.

Approximately half of the individuals that PRIDE Industries employs and serves have developmental disabilities. People like Cameron, Mitchell, Donald, Jonathan, Margaret and Joseph, who have the opportunity to work, learn, grow and contribute to their communities. They are not famous, but they are inspiring. We hope you will spend a few minutes reading their stories and consider ways in which you can create opportunities for individuals like them in your business or organization.