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DDI Hosts Employer Recognition Breakfast

At Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI), helping people with disabilities find employment is a priority every day.  National data indicates that the vast majority of adults with autism are either unemployed or underemployed.

On Friday, October 25th, DDI hosted the annual Employer Recognition Breakfast at the picturesque Stonebridge Country Club in Hauppauge. Several companies who partner with DDI to create employment opportunities for individuals with all abilities came together to share their experiences, enjoy a delicious breakfast, and receive a thank you for their dedication and commitment.

Glenn Vickers, executive director of the Easthampton YMCA RECenter, delivered a powerful keynote address highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including people with disabilities. 

DDI collaborates with many Long Island companies that provide employment opportunities to individuals with disabilities.  Sherry McKeown, administrative director for DDI’s Adult Day Services, credits employers who create custom job opportunities that promote success. Job placement involves evaluating a job site and matching the employer’s need with an individual who has the skill and interest to do that job.”

A number of recognition awards were presented to various employers for their efforts in hiring and supporting individuals with all abilities and contributing to successful workplace experience.

Employer of the Year Award

presented by Peter G. to Nature’s Bounty Co.

Employer of the Year Award

Advocacy Award

presented by Christopher E. to Dave and Busters

Dave and Busters

Vocational Partnership Award

presented by Ian B. to CVS Pharmacy

Vocational Partnership Award

Special thanks to all of the employers who attended the recognition breakfast and served as a shining example to the business community. CLICK HERE to learn more about DDI’s Vocational Services or contact:

Catherine Ratuszny

(631) 360-4629

catherine.ratuszny@ddiny.org