Press Room

October 5, 2010

Goodwill Contact:
Katherine Ransom, Marketing & Communications Director
714.547.6308 Ext. 308, via email

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Goodwill Promotes Disability Employment Awareness Month in October and Every Day

(SANTA ANA, CA) Recently, the nation celebrated the 20 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), one of the most significant pieces of civil rights legislation passed in the history of this country. While some of us are born with disabilities, many more of us will acquire a disability over the course of our lives, including as a natural part of aging. Goodwill of Orange County provides education, training and employment services not only for individuals living with disabilities but also those who face other barriers such as job loss, lack of education, skills or permanent housing as well as many other conditions that make it difficult for people to get and keep jobs.

“We are fortunate that here in Orange County there are more than 150 local businesses who utilized Goodwill-trained workers and contracted services,” said Dan Rogers, president and CEO, Goodwill of Orange County. Currently the organization has placements in a variety of industries including jobs in assembly, retail, offices, transportation, food service, janitorial and other sectors. Cox Communications, California Pizza Kitchen, Marshalls, Nike, Oakley, the Orange County Fire Authority, First American Title and Vons are just a few of the local businesses who hire Goodwill-trained workers. Rogers notes that many employers who retain workers with disabilities tend to foster inclusive and accessible environments for all of their employees.

“We encourage even more companies to step up to be model employers. Advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities strengthens not only in the local economy, but also its ideals. Businesses have the ability to create a more inclusive community where every person is recognized for their accomplishments and their abilities rather than for a disability. While we acknowledge October as the nation’s month-long recognition of Disability Employment Awareness, at Goodwill we strive to change perceptions and provide greater opportunities every day.”

Goodwill of Orange County, now in its 86th year, has provided thousands of people with disabilities and other barriers the opportunity to achieve their highest levels of personal and economic independence through competitive employment. The nonprofit organization’s programs assist individuals with work and social abilities, cultural and language skills and to help them succeed at home, at school and in the workplace. For more information about Goodwill of Orange County’s education, training and employment programs and services, please contact Katherine Ransom, Marketing & Communications Director at (714) 547-6308 ext. 308 or katheriner@ocgoodwill.org. Information may also be found at www.ocgoodwill.org.

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