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Help the Greater Richmond ARC celebrate October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month

“By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation.”

The Next Move Program recently recognized The Greater Richmond ARC at the Pioneer Awards for leading the charge for inclusion in the workplace.  

For National Disability Employment Awareness month, we'd like to express our support for organizations who likewise see value in a diverse, inclusive workforce. 

Don't forget: #inclusionworks

ARC Honored for Workplace Inclusion

The Greater Richmond ARC was honored at The Pioneer Awards, held August 31. John Walker, Kim Watson, Mike Foley, Matt O'Connell and Mark Whetstine attended the event, which recognized local businesses for excellence in hiring and training people with disabilities.

Thank you to The Next Move Program for honoring ARC among other businesses for leading the charge for inclusion in the workplace.

Check out The Next Move Program at

The Next Move Program, a 501 (c)(3) organization, partners with businesses and school systems to create guided internship experiences for young adults with disabilities.

Excerpt: Why Are People Trying to Take My Disabled Daughter’s Job Away?

Vice channel Broadly. recently published an account from author and mother Jane Bernstein about her experience with her daughter's employment at a sheltered workshop. The article explores the benefits this environment has provided to 31-year-old Rachel. We found it to be a compelling read and want to share it with you. You can read the full article here >>

It thrills me to see my daughter productive and content. When I mention her success at TOC, I'm often asked, to my surprise, who pays for all of this. Federal block grants go to the states, the kind of funding tax-averse politicians and their constituents rail against. The Federal money they claim is wasted on "welfare moochers" is spent on support services for children or the aged, for people with mental health, intellectual, or physical disabilities.

But these days my pleasure at seeing Rachel at work is tinged with anxiety. This kind of supported worksite is being phased out in every state. If TOC is shuttered, she will lose her job, her community, and all the steadiness and satisfaction she has found since she's begun to work here. Read more >>

ARC provides a similar workshop environment as one employment option for people with disabilities. You can see our Westwood facility and learn more about ARC Employment Services in this short video.