Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today joined AHRC Nassau in declaring October National Disability Awareness Month. Over 50 employers attended the “Inclusion Works” event, at AHRC Nassau’s Freeport training facility, which celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates employers about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of skills and talents.
County Executive Mangano stated, “National Disability Awareness Month reflects the important role disability plays in workforce diversity. Together with ARHC Nassau, we are committed to and will continue to advocate, and achieve equal accessibility, work opportunities and treatment for all individuals.”
On October 20th, County Executive Mangano and AHRC Nassau will illuminate the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. AHRC Nassau was established in 1949, during a time where most people with developmental disabilities were relegated to institutions or hidden away at home. Today, AHRC Nassau supports 10,500 individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through a wide array of supports including residential services, adult day habilitation and community-based services, vocational and employment services, guardianship, family support services and recreation opportunities. AHRC strives to teach, support and advocate for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to make life choices, exercise independence and develop responsibility.
Pictured above, from left to right: Justin Dantzler, Director of Business & Employment Development, AHRC; Robert Kennedy, Mayor of Freeport; County Executive Edward P. Mangano; Stephen Krown, Senior Director of AHRC; Nasrin G. Ahmad, Hempstead Town Clerk; Harriett Traversa, AHRC Board Member; Jack Garofalo, AHRC Board Member; Barry R. Donowitz, PhD, AHRC Nassau Associate Executive Director for Admin and Central Services; Michael Venditto, NYS Senator. Back Row: Ivan Sayles, Freeport Chamber of Commerce; Lois Howes, President, Freeport Chamber of Commerce; and Roslyn D. Goldmacher, President and Chief Executive Officer of LISBAC.