SALT LAKE CITY (Sept. 29, 2022) — Yearly the Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of Individuals with Disabilities and their companions honor folks and companies with the Golden Key Award. Offered as we speak on the Incapacity:IN Utah Summit, these awards acknowledge those that have helped promote employment alternatives for folks with disabilities.
“We obtain dozens of excellent nominations from across the state. These awards acknowledge corporations and people who’re supporting Utahns with disabilities within the office,” mentioned Sarah Brenna, Director of the Utah State Workplace of Rehabilitation. “It’s nice to see these employers take the lead in overcoming biases and constructing an understanding of the employability of individuals with disabilities.”
The recipients of the annual Golden Key Awards had been Star Nursery, Residing Planet Aquarium, Lowe’s, the Inner Income Service, the Utah Division of Commerce, Canyons Faculty District, Southern Utah College, Weber Faculty District’s Kennedy Wahlen, and Allies Supported Employment’s Chris Hineman.
By working straight with Utah companies, the state’s vocational rehabilitation employees present coaching on incapacity consciousness and job lodging. In the end, vocational rehabilitation needs to attach these companies with job-ready staff.
The Golden Key Awards acknowledge the folks and companies that imagine within the potential of Utahns with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities present a wealth of information, abilities, skills and experiences. They add variety, resourcefulness and inventive power to Utah’s workforce.
Small Enterprise of the Yr Award was offered to Star Nursery. Doug Northingham, Basic Supervisor of the Star Nursery in Washington, Utah, was keen to rent three people with disabilities. Every of them has improved their capability to supply a better stage of customer support.
Medium Enterprise of the Yr Award was offered to the Loveland Residing Planet Aquarium. Dan Albro, Volunteer Supervisor on the Loveland Residing Planet Aquarium, reached out to the USOR enterprise relations crew to request help with coaching volunteers on incapacity etiquette and inclusion. Dan had the enterprise relations crew come out to coach three teams of volunteers and plans to proceed having us assist with coaching volunteers.
Massive Enterprise of the Yr Award was offered to Lowe’s. Lowe’s has employed a number of USOR shoppers with disabilities. Lowes has been keen to cross practice these shoppers to do quite a few totally different jobs and accommodated them. Most significantly, they offered a welcoming, family-like atmosphere for shoppers.
The Ace Advocate/Citizen Award was offered to Weber Faculty District’s Kennedy Wahlen. Kennedy empowers her staff with disabilities by offering coaching, displaying empathy, and constructing a heat office the place they really feel welcomed.
The Ace Worker with a Incapacity Award was offered to Allies Supported Employment’s Chris Hineman. Hineman, Director of Operations for Allies Supported Employment, is profoundly deaf. He was a driving pressure at Allies and acted as an advocate for folks with disabilities within the workforce. Chris oversaw hiring and coaching of latest staff, job growth, some job teaching, inner enterprise operations, and offered consultations for employers to learn the way they’ll enhance profitability by hiring folks with disabilities.
The Freedom Award was offered to the Inner Income Service. The IRS labored with the Division of Workforce Providers to develop their hiring practices to incorporate veterans. Via fast-track hiring they had been in a position to carry veterans on rapidly and combine them into their operations.
The ASAP Award was offered to the Utah Division of Commerce. The Division of Commerce Division of Occupational and Skilled Licensing (DOPL) used the state’s ASAP program to rent a vocational rehabilitation consumer. DOPL demonstrated how the State of Utah is working to be a mannequin employer in hiring a various workforce.
The Educator Supplier Award was offered to Melany Johnson and the Canyons Faculty District. Nathan Edvalson, Melany Johnson and Linda Corridor are among the many best advocates for college students with disabilities. Their objective is to make sure that college students with disabilities depart Canyons Faculty District with a roadmap to success and independence.
The Educator Supplier Award was offered to Susan Hunter, SUU DRC and SUU Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative. Susan Hunter is the Grant Coordinator for Southern Utah College’s Incapacity Useful resource Heart. She administers state grants particular to supporting college students with disabilities discover paid work expertise of their chosen discipline of examine.
For extra data go to https://jobs.utah.gov/usor/vr/employer/goldenkey.html.