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National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), held in October, raises awareness of disability employment issues. It’s also a time to reflect upon and recognize the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities. During this month, at PRIDE Industries, we want people to take away that people of all abilities should be included in a company’s hiring strategy. With this in mind, it’s time to shift old workforce paradigms and broaden accepted views on what is talent and who can contribute to a vibrant workplace.

Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries, contributed an open forum article in the San Francisco Chronicle in which he said that by broadening the accepted view of talent, we can create access for millions of unemployed workers who want to contribute. He stresses that these enthusiastic, reliable employees are individuals with disabilities who just need training to fulfill the demand.

Join News 93.1 KFBK’s Cristina Mendonsa as she talks with CEO Jeff Dern from PRIDE Industries and learn more about their efforts to create jobs for people with disabilities.

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Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries, discussed that many companies have discovered a new paradigm and an often-overlooked demographic filled with diverse talent.

Jason Marks of KCRA3 News reports on Thunder Valley Casino’s partnership with PRIDE Industries to provide employment for 30 workers with developmental disabilities in the laundry facilities. The program has been so successful that Joel Moore, vice president of hotel operations, says the casino is looking to add employees in other areas.

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, CBS8 News reporter Danamarie McNicholl-Carter interviewed Brandon Schinka, an employee at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance who found his job at the restaurant with help from PRIDE Industries. The zoo has hired many employees through PRIDE Industries in retail, maintenance, and reservations.

 

SeaWorld San Diego also has had a strong relationship with PRIDE Industries for over 30 years, hiring people with disabilities throughout their park.

Alani Letang, anchor/reporter for Monterey’s KSBW8 Action News, details the work done by PRIDE Industries by employing people with disabilities all year long. She interviews several PRIDE Industries employees at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, who credit PRIDE Industries with giving them the skills and a sense of belonging by being able to go beyond their disabilities to become valuable employees.

Ariel Roblin, President & General Manager of KCRA3 Sacramento, in this editorial discusses the issues facing employers during the severe labor shortage. She suggests that employers need to rethink how they adapt work environments to expand their workforce, including considering individuals with a disability. Featured during this editorial is a short history of PRIDE Industries and the expansive services they provide.

PRIDE Industries’ Brian Garbark was featured on New 8 in SD discussing Viejas Casino and Resort, a 10 year business partner of PRIDE Industries and employs more than 20 people with disabilities.

“People just need an opportunity so partnering with PRIDE Industries does just that,” said Alejandro Guardado, Vice President of Hotel Operations.

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Matt Anderson, Vice President of Inclusive Talent Solutions, appeared on KRONon, San Francisco Bay Area’s only 24/7 local digital news platform, to raise awareness of disability employment issues, including a discussion of the I AM ABLE job helpline.

Metro Chamber CEO Amanda Blackwood presented Business Excellence with PRIDE Industries. Additionally, PRIDE Industries’ Leah Burdick, Chief Growth Officer, and VP Tony Lopez joined Amanda, discussing the mission, values, and social impact of PRIDE Industries.

Kitty O’Neal of Sacramento’s News 93.1 KFBK was joined by Leah Burdick, Chief Growth Officer with PRIDE Industries, to discuss PRIDE Industries’ new I AM ABLE job helpline for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Specifically, the free, California-based helpline connects people in the state to support resources, job training, and employment opportunities. 

Leah Burdick, Chief Growth Officer with PRIDE Industries, was interviewed on San Diego’s CBS8 to discuss PRIDE Industries’ new I AM ABLE job helpline. Additionally, she discussed the wide variety of services provided for potential employees, as well as business looking to be inclusive.

Leah Burdick & Matt Anderson interviewed on OpenLine Radio (10/16/2021)

LA OpenLine host Tami Heidi interviewed Leah Burdick, PRIDE Industries’ Chief Growth Officer and PRIDE Industries’ Matt Anderson, Vice President of Inclusive Talent Solutions about the importance National Disability Employment Awareness Month on a radio broadcast that aired October 16 and 17.

Matt Anderson, Vice President of Inclusive Talent Solutions, spoke with Hackie Reitman, M.D. on a segment of “Exploring Different Brains.”  During this interview, Matt discussed the benefits of hiring differently abled employees. Markedly, these benefits can include a huge impact on retention, attendance, and the employee’s capabilities.

KPIX 5’s Len Kiese asks Leah Burdick, Chief Growth Officer with PRIDE Industries, about the services they provide to people with disabilities. They featured the I AM ABLE helpline, as well as the many other services provided for people who experience workforce barriers, including those with disabilities, veterans, foster youth, and trafficking survivors.

Don Nelson, Vice President of Government Facilities Services, joined Mark Ross on El Paso’s ABC-7 at Four to discuss PRIDE Industries’ employees with disabilities at Fort Bliss. Don also discussed the different opportunities around El Paso for training and employment.

Leah Burdick, Chief Growth Officer with PRIDE Industries, joined Richard Sharp on Fox 40 News. During her interview, Leah shared the company’s story, including the announcement of the California-focused I AM ABLE job helpline. This important resource serves people with disabilities as well as military veterans, former foster youth, and trafficking survivors.

 

“Our goal is to create 100,000 jobs for people with disabilities. One in five Americans has a disability, and two-thirds of working-age Americans with disabilities are unemployed. As the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities, we believe that people of all abilities should have equal access to achieve their employment goals. And that belief shapes everything we are as a company. We are bound by a set of core values and a shared commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

– Leah Burdick, PRIDE Industries’ Chief Growth Officer

Leah Burdick, PRIDE Industries’ Chief Growth Officer, was interviewed on Good Day Sacramento about the organization’s new California-focused job helpline dedicated to serving people with disabilities as well as military veterans, former foster youth, and trafficking survivors. Call (844) I-AM-ABLE or (844) 426-2253 or visit IAmAbleHelpline.com.

 

PRIDE Industries’ Vice President of Inclusive Talent Solutions, Matt Anderson, joins the program to discuss National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Congress declared this month in 1988 to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities as well as to pay tribute to the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities.

Sacramento's Cody Robinson Interviews Leah Burdick - KNCI Radio - (10/7/2021)

Cody Robinson was joined by Leah Burdick, Chief Growth Officer with PRIDE Industries, in a public affairs programming interview to discuss October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the work of PRIDE Industries.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! TAGCarts is proud to partner with PRIDE Industries & U.S. Department of Labor to build a more inclusive workforce, one job at a time.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the perfect time to educate and also celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

 

KCBS news anchor Liz Saint John in Los Angeles spoke with Leah Burdick, PRIDE Industries’ Chief Growth Officer.

Leah Burdick, Chief Growth Officer and Brian Garbark, Director of Rehab Operations at PRIDE Industries, discuss the benefits of a not only diverse, but also inclusive, workforce in the podcast below:

In 2019, Thunder Valley formed a partnership with PRIDE Industries‘ staffing services to hire multiple work teams of individuals with developmental disabilities to staff its laundry facilities.

 

“PRIDE’s partnership and commitment help Thunder Valley achieve our goals with quality results while providing opportunities and training for people with developmental disabilities in our community. This month, and always, we celebrate and thank these dedicated individuals who excel in their roles.”
–Dawn Clayton, General Manager of Thunder Valley Casino Resorts

Leah Burdick, Chief Growth Officer at PRIDE Industries, tells Capital Public Radio listeners about the I-AM-ABLE job helpline, the first-ever employment hotline for people with disabilities.

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance, custodial, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day.

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Kat Maudru

PRIDE Industries is a social enterprise delivering business excellence to public and private organizations nationwide.

Nationwide campaign will take place in October

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PRIDE Industries today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Established by Congress in 1988, NDEAM is celebrated every October as a way to raise awareness of disability employment issues. Moreover, it’s also a time to reflect upon and recognize the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

 

“As the nation’s leading employer of people with disabilities, we embrace NDEAM as a way to spread the message that people with diverse abilities are valuable contributors to a vibrant and productive workforce,” said Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries. “60 percent of the workforce in our fast-growing organization has a disability. Every day, we prove the value of an inclusive workforce model through our operational success across multiple industries. We show company leaders that if we can do it, so can they.”

Promoting Awareness for More Inclusive Employment

Throughout the month, PRIDE Industries will share employee and customer success stories. These stories demonstrate the social impacts and business benefits of inclusive hiring. And it will encourage its over 300 customer organizations to promote their support of an inclusive workplace to generate awareness. For more than 55 years, PRIDE Industries has worked to create an inclusive world. The goal of this work is for people of all abilities to have equal access to achieving their employment goals. In recognition of its many successes, PRIDE Industries was recognized as a 2021 Top Disability-Friendly Company by DIVERSEability Magazine and a 2021 Leading Disability Employer by the National Organization on Disability (NOD).

 

“We stand for normalizing workplace inclusion,” said Vic Wursten, Chief Rehabilitation Officer. “That’s why we offer training, internships, and the job support needed for success. Our industry-leading, people-centered programs enable individuals to have long, productive careers, whether working at PRIDE Industries or with one of our many corporate partners. And because we also provide a wide range of business services—including facilities management, manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain management—we’re able to offer a broad spectrum of career opportunities to thousands of people with disabilities.”

Meeting Diverse Employment Needs

PRIDE Industries also provides career and support services to military veterans, former foster youth, and trafficking survivors. In addition, PRIDE partners with companies of all sizes to instruct executives, managers, and employees on cultivating a successful inclusive workplace.

 

“We encourage employers and employees in all industries to learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Dern. “And we urge them to visit www.dol.gov/NDEAM to find important information and get ideas about how to support people with disabilities.”

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://PRIDEIndustries.com.

 

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PRIDE Industries is a social enterprise delivering business excellence to public and private organizations nationwide.