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."

2016 NDEAM Winners

ACCES-VR is pleased to share NDEAM 2016 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 PepsiCo
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY  10577
499-100 Employees Hyatt Regency Rochester
125 East Main Street
Rochester, NY  14604
99-25 Employees Field Goods
742 Schoharie Turnpike
Athens, NY  12015
24 or Fewer Employees

Puzzles Bakery & Cafe
515 State Street
Schenectady, NY  12305

Entrepreneur Cassandra Neil
Alphabet Farm Day Care

11787 Lapp Road
Fillmore, NY  14735

Regional Winners

Region Name/Address

Barnes and Noble Booksellers
1565 Niagara Falls Blvd
Amherst, NY  14226

Best Buy
2345 Marketplace Drive
Rochester, NY  14623
Boy's and Girl's Club of Buffalo
2061 Bailey Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14216
Envision Graphics
2340 Brighton-Henrietta Townline Road
Rochester, NY  14623

Goodwill of Finger Lakes
2 Commerce Drive
Victor, NY  14564

Held's Janitorial
50 Fountain Plaza
Buffalo, NY  14202
Sisters of St. Joseph
150 French Road
Rochester, NY  14618
Uncle Joe's Diner
4869 Southwestern Blvd.
Hamburg, NY  14075
Village Bakery and Cafe
5 State Street
Pittsford, NY  14534
Wehner Mower
2321 Ridgeway Avenue
Rochester, NY  14626
Central Big Red Shoes - McDonald's
701 South 4th Street
Fulton, NY  13069
33 West 6th Street
Oswego, NY  13126
CVS Health Distribution Center
1 CVS Drive
Waverly, NY  14892
Human Technologies Corporation
2260 Dwyer Avenue
Utica, NY  13501
182 Lowes Blvd.
Herkimer, NY  13350
MAMCO Precision Molding, Inc.
147 River Street
Oneonta, NY  13820
Symeon's Greek Restaurant
4941 Commercial Drive
Yorkville, NY  13495
Taber Street Auto Repair
805 Taber Street
Ithaca, NY  14850
Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc.
1800 Clark Street
Endicott, NY  13760
Capital Region/Hudson Valley FedEx Ground and Home Delivery
253 Troy Road
Rensselaer, NY  12144
15 Pruyns Island Drive
Glens Falls, NY  12801
Hannaford Supermarket
900 Central Avenue
Albany, NY  12206
1941 South Road
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601
Red Lobster
450 Route 211
Middletown, NY  10940
Sav-On Party Central
316 Plaza Road
Kingston, NY  12401
Walmart Supercenter
30 Catskill Commons
Catskill, NY  12414


New York City

Burlington Coat Factory
517 East 117 Street
New York, NY  10035
Flik International at NBC Universal
30 Rockefeller Center
New York, NY  10112
Metro Star Cafe
369 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY  11201
National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification
7 Elmwood Drive
New City, NY  10956
Rockland Music Conservatory
45 South Main Street
Pearl River, NY  10965
1741 Palisades Center Drive
West Nyack, NY  10955
Long Island Casters, Wheels & Industrial Handling, Inc.
8 Engineers Lane
Farmingdale, NY  11735
Fido Fitness
910 Rail Road Avenue
Woodmere, NY  11598
Food Parade
444 Woodbury Road
Plainview, NY  11803
Kliger-Weiss International
2200 Northern Boulevard
Greenvale, NY  11584
Long Island Marriott Hotel
101 James Doolittle Blvd.
Uniondale, NY  11553
Old Country Buffet
1701 Sunrise Highway
Bayshore, NY  11706
Parsons Commercial, Inc.
665 Commercial Avenue
Garden City, NY  11530
Roses Day Care
298 West 2nd Street
Deer Park, NY  11729
999 Corporate Drive
Westbury, NY  11590
The Home Depot
172 Fullerton Road
Hempstead, NY  11550