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WA State's Governor to give awards for creative support of disabled workers

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Do you own or work for a company that takes creative liberties with attracting and hiring candidates with disabilities? What about after they’ve started work, when it comes to promotion and retention? If you or your company have inventive and ground-breaking hiring and retention methods for those with disabilities, you could be eligible for an award from the Governor’s office.

Recently, the Employment Security Department for our state announced that the state’s Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment is asking for nominations for people or companies that go above and beyond to find and grow their entities with disabled employees. There are two award types being offered: the Governor’s Employer Awards and the Governor’s Trophy. The Governor’s Employer Awards will be awarded to up to ten companies. The Governor’s Trophy will go to one person with a disability that has made a strong difference and contribution to others with disabilities by helping them to prosper in the world of work as well as in their own communities.

Nominations can be completed online and should be in by August 30 for consideration, with winners accepting awards in a ceremony this fall. Companies may also nominate themselves for this award.

The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment recognizes the difficulty disabled persons have in trying to find and maintain work and seek to uphold parity, opportunity, and an independent lifestyle. Specifically, the committee works together in the following realms:

  • Making recommendations to the Governor and legislature and state agencies on policies affecting disabled persons.
  • Keeping track of legislation to ensure people with disabilities have equal opportunity and access to employment, public services, healthcare, and education.
  • Encouraging public awareness and understanding around the necessities and capabilities of disabled persons, including offering training and information.
  • Bringing visibility to companies that exhibit leadership with hiring and retaining those with disabilities.
  • Offering training and technical help to businesses to help them support disability awareness issues and employment opportunities.

Employers and individuals that are interested in learning more or receiving assistance with how they can be more active with efforts around helping disabled individuals can do so by checking out these available resources, becoming a member of the committee, learning about current projects, or by contacting the committee directly.