Observed in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a nationwide campaign celebrating the skills and talents workers with disabilities bring to the workplace.
As an advocate for inclusion, Lifetime Assistance works with dozens of community businesses, creating opportunities for partnerships and employment. Through these partnerships, an understanding of the vast amount of talent and skill among individuals with developmental disabilities is developed, providing more opportunities for inclusion and success.
During NDEAM, Lifetime Assistance recognizes the accomplishments of individuals who have advanced in their personal vocational journeys. Many awards are given to honor their achievements. The Joslin Award, a prestigious award given through New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID), celebrates excellence in Preferred Source employment by New Yorkers with disabilities. This year, Brian Mann, a document destruction technician with Lifetime Assistance Classified Scanning and Shredding (CSS), has been named a 2016 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award co-recipient.
The Joslin Award is a monumental honor, and deserving employees, such as Brian Mann, highlight the importance of NDEAM and celebrate the skills and talents of workers with developmental disabilities. Brian is a dedicated and skilled worker with many responsibilities. One of Brian’s favorite jobs is to load and unload trucks, safely using an electric pallet jack. He uses the electric pallet wrapper to wrap pallets, then he produces paperwork, stages pallets in the warehouse, and loads them onto the truck.
Brian also records the agency’s transportation vans for departure, uses an intercom system to announce their arrival, assists drivers with finding passengers, and helps anyone who has missed their van to get home.
“I like being nominated for this award because it means that people notice my hard work and achievements, and that I do my job right,” Brian said. “If I didn’t have a job, I would be bored and sad. I would miss being busy at work, my paycheck, co-workers and staff.” #inclusionworks