Labor and Economic Opportunity
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October 21, 2020
Contact: Elyse Walter, 517-449-9731
Michigan Rehabilitation Champion Awards recognized 11 participants and partners for outstanding commitment to people with disabilities
LANSING, Mich.-Eleven individuals and organizations were recognized during today's annual Champion Awards ceremony for their outstanding commitment to Michigan’s public vocational rehabilitation programs for people with disabilities.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Employment and Training, collaborated with the Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services to recognize employers, partners and customers. MRS presented its 12th annual Champion Awards during a virtual event on Wednesday.
“Today’s award recipients are shining examples of those who contribute to ensuring all Michiganders have exceptional opportunities to have a great job, earn a livable wage, and contribute to our state,” said Stephanie Beckhorn, Director of LEO’s Office of Employment and Training. “The successes shared today are just some of the thousands of stories that could be told about Michigan’s vocational rehabilitation programs and their outcomes.”
MRS offices around the state nominated champion candidates. The consistent theme from those nominated was demonstration of the value of hiring and retaining vocational rehabilitation customers.
The event was part of Investing in Abilities Month in October, as proclaimed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to encourage employers to hire qualified people with disabilities while focusing on their abilities. This year’s event also helped mark the 100-year anniversary of federally-funded vocational rehabilitation programs and the 30-year anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Awards were presented in the following categories.
Customers (including youth) who are motivated and committed to finding and keeping jobs:
Business partners from large businesses that are working in innovative ways with MRS and its customers:
Business partners from small businesses that are working in innovative ways with MRS and its customers:
Community partners who have demonstrated a strong commitment to empowering individuals with disabilities to take charge of their futures:
Statewide Community Partner who has demonstrated a strong commitment to empower individuals with disabilities to take charge of their futures:
MRS assists persons with disabilities to achieve competitive employment and self-sufficiency. For more information on Michigan Rehabilitation Services, visit Michigan.gov/MRS