National Disability and Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) Occur Each October

Each October, ACCES-VR has the opportunity to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and celebrate the work of all our partners, who join together to make the connection between businesses seeking qualified workers and workers, who just happen to be individuals with abilities.   Based on the successes, ACCES-VR and our partners will be celebrating at multiple events across New York State.  These celebrations will emphasize local businesses investing in their local human resources and providing the opportunity for skilled workers to contribute to their communities, earn a living wage and have meaningful careers.

ACCES Assistant Commissioner Debora Brown-Johnson said, "Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program plays a critical role in assisting people with disabilities gain integrated employment in their communities. It is ACCES-VR's mission to do this work on a daily basis and together with our partners, we are good at it! ACCES-VR has what I would call "effective alliances" that bring businesses, our community partners and qualified women and men with disabilities together to get the job done!! Equal employment for all ensures a strong New York State economy and ultimately a stronger national economy."

2017 NDEAM Winners

ACCES-VR is pleased to share NDEAM 2017 Statewide and Regional winners. Congratulations to all the WINNERS!

Americans with disabilities lead thriving businesses, teach our children, and serve our Nation; they are innovators and pioneers of technology. In urban centers and rural communities, they carry forward our Nation's legacy of hard work, responsibility, and sacrifice, and their contributions strengthen our economy and remind us that all Americans deserve the opportunity to participate fully in society. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the Americans living with disabilities, including significant disabilities, who enrich our country, and we reaffirm the simple truth that each of us has something to give to the American story.”  Barack Obama

Each of the businesses listed below are committed to hiring a diverse workforce and have been recognized for their involvement within their communities.

Statewide Winners

Business Size Name/Address
500 or More Employees Golub Corporation
461 Nott Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
Twitter: @PriceChopper
499-100 Employees Top's Friendly Markets
1936 US Rt. 6
Carmel, NY 10512
Twitter: @TopsMarkets
99-25 Employees Hampton Inn
555 Tuckahoe Road
Yonkers, NY 10710
24 or Fewer Employees Edible Arrangements
2585 South Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Twitter: @edible
Entrepreneur Toots Treats
3000 Bowen Road
Elma, NY 14059

Regional Winners

Region Name/Address
Western Atria Management Company, LLC
1350 Westfall Road
Rochester, NY 14618
Twitter: @AtriaSL
Beechwood Care Western New York Senior Care Community
2235 Millersport Highway
Getzville, NY 14068
Bill Gray's
4870 Culver Road
Rochester, NY 14622
Twitter: @BillGrays
Brookdale Senior Living
2001 S. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618
Twitter: @BrookdaleLiving
Flour City Growlers
850 St. Paul Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14605
Twitter: @FCGrowlers
Imagination Childcare Academy, Inc.
230 Coldwater Road
Gates, NY 14624
Leo's Bakery
101 Despatch Drive
East Rochester, NY 14445
Twitter: @LeosBakery
Lockport School District
(Charles Upson Elementary School)
28 Harding Ave.
Lockport, NY 
Riverview Chiropractic Health
1567 Military Road, #1
Tonawanda, NY 14217
YMCA of Greater Rochester
Bay View Location
1209 Bay Road
Webster, NY 14580
Twitter: @BayviewYMCA
Central CVS Health
1 CVS Drive
Waverly, NY 14892
Twitter: @cvspharmacy
Jeb's Restaurant
5403 Shady Ave.
Lowville, NY 13367
Northern Eagle Beverages, Inc.
41 Browne Street
Oneonta, NY 13820
Twitter: @NEagleBeverage
Riverhawk Company
215 Clinton Road
New Hartford, NY 13413
Twitter: @BoltTensioner
Tioga Downs
2384 West River Road
Nichols, NY 13812
Twitter: @tiogadowns
Capital Region/Hudson Valley AVI Food Systems, Inc. (Siena Fresh)
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
Twitter: @sienafresh
Cutie PharmaCare Inc.
114 Main Street
Greenwich, NY 12834
Grumbellies Eatery
64 Catherine Street
Fort Ann, NY 12817
Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital
241 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Twitter: @MidHudsonRH
New York Sports Club
1844 Rt. 6
Carmel, NY 10512
Twitter: @NYSC
Teresian House Center for the Elderly
200 Washington Ave. Ext.
Albany, NY 12203


New York City

ABB Optical (Westchester County)
4 Skyline Drive
Hawthorne, NY 10532
43 East 23 Street, 7 Floor
New York, NY 10010
Twitter: @EatalyFlatiron
FedEx Ground (Rockland County)
622 Rte 303
Blauvelt, NY 10913
Twitter: @FedEx
Home Goods
2201 Nostrand Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Twitter: @HomeGoods
Port Authority of NY & NJ
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007
Twitter: @PANYNJ
Suburban Garden Center
(Rockland County)
15 Horseshoe Drive
New City, NY 10956
Supreme Building Messengers
248 West 35 Street
New York, NY 10001
Applebee's Grill & Bar
355 Route 25A
Millerplace, NY 11764
Twitter: @Applebees
Garden City Hotel
45 7th Street
Garden City, NY 11530
Whitson's Culinary Group
1800 Motor Parkway
Islandia, NY 11749
Twitter: @Whitsons