Mangano: October Is Disability Awareness Month

Photo/Nassau County Pictured above, from left: Justin Dantzler, director of business and employment development, AHRC; Robert Kennedy, mayor of Freeport; Nassau Executive Edward Mangano; Stephen Krown, senior director of AHRC; Nasrin Ahmad, Hempstead town clerk; Harriett Traversa, AHRC board member; Jack Garofalo, AHRC board member; Barry R. Donowitz, PhD, AHRC Nassau associate executive director for admin and central services; Michael Venditto, state senator. Back Row: Ivan Sayles, of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce; Lois Howes, president of the Freeport Chamber; and Roslyn Goldmacher, president and chief executive officer of LISBAC.

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Pictured above, from left: Justin Dantzler, director of business and employment development, AHRC; Robert Kennedy, mayor of Freeport; Nassau Executive Edward Mangano; Stephen Krown, senior director of AHRC; Nasrin Ahmad, Hempstead town clerk; Harriett Traversa, AHRC board member; Jack Garofalo, AHRC board member; Barry R. Donowitz, PhD, AHRC Nassau associate executive director for admin and central services; Michael Venditto, state senator. Back Row: Ivan Sayles, of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce; Lois Howes, president of the Freeport Chamber; and Roslyn Goldmacher, president and chief executive officer of LISBAC.

Nassau Executive Edward Mangano recently joined AHRC Nassau in declaring October National Disability Awareness Month. Over 50 employers attended the “Inclusion Works” event at AHRC Nassau’s Freeport training facility, which celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates employers about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of skills and talents.

Mangano stated, “National Disability Awareness Month reflects the important role disability plays in workforce diversity. Together with ARHC Nassau, we are committed to and will continue to advocate, and achieve equal accessibility, work opportunities and treatment for all individuals.”

On Oct. 20, Mangano and AHRC Nassau plan to illuminate the dome of the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

AHRC Nassau was established in 1949, during a time where most people with developmental disabilities were relegated to institutions or hidden away at home. Now, AHRC Nassau supports 10,500 individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities through a wide array of supports including residential services, adult day habilitation and community-based services, vocational and employment services, guardianship, family support services and recreation opportunities. AHRC strives to teach, support and advocate for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to make life choices, exercise independence and develop responsibility.