National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Awareness Month Poster

Inclusion Drives Innovation

Orion Industries is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Kathy Powers, Orion Vice President of Services, explained, "People with disabilities make up the largest minority group in the country with about 1 in 5 individuals identifying as a person with a disability. This group has a disproportionately high unemployment rate. Orion supports the inclusion of people with disabilities by supporting individuals to make the connection to employment and living wage jobs."

National Disability Awareness Month

Orion believes that inclusion drives innovation. Orion provides a path for individuals to attain the skills that they need to be successful in a competitive marketplace. Orion supports inclusion through Supported Employment, Community Access, and training programs, while leveraging technology to provide innovative solutions that encourage inclusive business practices.

John Theisen, Orion President and CEO, said, "Orion's staff are passionate about supporting our mission of helping those with barriers to employment. We have over 50 trained mentors who work with individuals teaching them valuable skills so that everyone has an opportunity to contribute."

National Disability Awareness Month

Orion Industries is an award winning social enterprise with a mission of helping those with barriers to employment, such as learning disabilities, low income, and mental health barriers. Orion uses operations in its aerospace manufacturing division and in its award winning contact center services division, as platforms to teach people job skills through a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training, including job coaching, mentoring and internship programs. Orion's Training & Employment division supports individuals in achieving their goals through career path planning, community based assessments, job development, and job retention services.

US Office of Disability Employment Policy.

All photos courtesy of Joe Budd.