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Disabilities Awards Luncheon

SAVE THE DATE: October 17, 2019 

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Enacted by Congress in 1945, designated the first week in October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed from the week’s name to recognize the employment needs of all Americans with disabilities. Congress, in 1988, expanded the week to a month and changed its name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” October has evolved as the kick-off month for year-round programs that highlight the abilities and skills of Americans with disabilities.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Disabilities Employment Awareness Awards!

2019 Theme: The Right Talent, Right Now

U.S. Department of Labor

Each year, in October, the Wilson Committee for Persons with Disabilities holds the annual Disabilities Employment Awareness Awards. This is an opportunity to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Nominations are accepted for the following categories:

Wilson residents and employers are encouraged to submit a nomination to the Wilson Committee for Persons with Disabilities. It’s so easy to do! Complete the 1 page nomination form and attach a 1 page nomination letter telling the committee the wonderful story of your nominee. Award nominations may be submitted by individuals, employees, employers, organizations, businesses, friends and family members.

Nominations are currently Open. Nominations are due by Thursday, September 26, 2019.

  • Employee of the Year – Recognizes an individual who has distinguished themselves in their place of employment.
  • Employer of the Year – Recognizes businesses who have exceptional record of hiring or facilitating the employment of persons with disabilities and have made efforts towards creating a barrier free work environment.
  • Educator of the Year – Recognizes individual who have distinguished themselves in the field of teaching children in elementary, middle, high school or professional training programs
  • Professional of the Year – Recognizes individuals in any human services field who interacts with children or adults with disabilities
  • Advocate of the Year – Recognizes individuals who raise awareness and assist with improving the quality of life for disabled citizens

For more information or to print out an application, click on the following links:

2019 WCPD Disabilities Awards flyer

2019 WCPD Disabilities Awards nomination form

To find out more about Disabilities Employment, visit the U.S. Department of Labor website.

Past Award Winners

2017 Disabilities Employment Awards Winners

  • Employee of the Year – Brandon Jones
  • Educator of the Year – Jennifer Watson, Darden Middle School
  • Professional of the Year -Maurice Barnes
  • Advocate of the Year – Altise Harris
  • Employer of the Year – Wilson House

2016 Disabilities Employment Award Winners

  • Employer of the Year – The Budd Group
  • Professional of the Year – Angela Barnes, Wilson County Schools
  • Educator of the Year – Lorena Flint, Fike High School
  • Employee of the Year – No nominations received
  • Advocate of the Year – No nominations received

2015 Disabilities Employment Award Winners

  • Employee of the Year – Jeremy Batchelor
  • Employer of the Year – The Budd Group
  • Professional of the Year – Rose McDaris, Diversified Opportunities
  • Advocate of the Year – Azure Daye, A Caring Heart
  • Educator of the Year – No nominations received

2014 Diabilities Employment Award Winners

  • Employee of the Year – Richard Pope, Walmart of Wilson
  • Employer of the Year – BB&T, Elaine Guthrie & Meredith Jinks – Human Resources Dept.
  • Educator of the Year – Veronica Brown Pigford, Toisnot Middle School
  • Professional of the Year – Selena Manning, A Caring Heart Case Management, Inc.
  • Advocate of the Year – Michael Charrington