Reflecting on all the employment success stories from 2015

When we started our Employment Spotlight blog in January, I don’t think we could have imagined what this blog would become or how many people it would reach.

Our goal was to tell great stories about people with disabilities who have been successful working in the community. We wanted to showcase a range of capabilities and industries, as well as highlight how each person contributes to the workplace.  Some, like Linda Kunick and James Harley, told their employment stories in their own words.

We wanted to give insight into what happens behind the scenes as people look for jobs, train for various careers or just explore the possibility of working in the community. Our staff members Lisa Grady and Nathan Beck offered expertise in their respective columns, “Talking Transition” and “Connecting with Employment.” And we wanted to feature local businesses like Artifex Promotions and Live Reps Call Center that have made a commitment to hiring people with disabilities.

In addition to original content, our blog became a place to share other employment success stories from around Ohio, the United States, and the rest of the world. Our partners at Ohio Valley Goodwill and Butler County Board of DD contributed posts. And we tried to help business owners as well as job seekers find useful information.

None of this would have been possible without our dedicated staff, businesses or, most importantly, the people listed below who were willing to share their employment stories with us and the community. It’s been a wonderful first year, and we hope you’ll continue this journey with us!

Donald takes orders from store employees in Northgate Mall.
Don Wood takes orders from store employees in Northgate Mall.
  • Matt Kayes, who helps parents and patients navigate Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

    Kayes showing off his Children's Hospital badge
    Matt Kayes showing off his Children’s Hospital badge
  • Sara Furnish, who always brightens the day for customers and co-workers at North College Hill Bakery

By Lisa Danford, HCDDS Community Relations Coordinator

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