October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Texana Center is participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate the community at large about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
On Tuesday evening, Mayor Allen Owen proclaimed October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month to a packed meeting and encourage everyone in Missouri City to consider employing someone with an intellectual disability.
Lyle Woodruff is a 44 year old man with an intellectual disability who recently celebrated his 5th year of employment at H.E.B. The Store Manager, presented him with his 5-year service pen and H.E.B. treated him to lunch at a local steakhouse.
Lyle has additional support from Texana Center through a job coach who helps him learn any changes to his job and also encourages him to stay on task and get his job done. He is very proud to be a ‘Partner’ at HEB and feels like he is a contributing member of the community. He loves his job and if you ask him to tell you HEB’s slogan he will immediately replies, “Here Everything’s Better”.
Lyle is one of the hundred plus people with intellectual disabilities working in our community but there are many more who have not found employment. The unemployment rate amongst people with disabilities in the U.S. is 14.1%, about twice that of the rest of the population.
This year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, which is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.” Texana’s Supported Employment Program has been able to prove the theme is true, as they have some 120 clients with intellectual disabilities working in jobs in our communities throughout Fort Bend.
“Texana Center is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said George Patterson, Texana CEO. “We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disabilities.”
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