Aultman Receives Ohio APSE Employer Award
September 25, 2012
CANTON, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2012) – Aultman Health Foundation was recently selected as the recipient of the 2012 Employer Award by the Ohio chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE).
The APSE is a national and state membership organization formed to focus exclusively on improving and expanding integrated employment opportunities, services, and outcomes for people with disabilities.
Each year, the Ohio chapter of the APSE recognizes employers who go above and beyond the norm in their work to advance employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. This year’s award was presented to Aultman representatives Sept. 13 during the annual Ohio APSE state conference in Columbus. Aultman Health Foundation was nominated by Jan Dougherty, director of employment support services at Siffrin, Inc., for their Project Search program.
Project Search has provided internships for more than 60 young adults with disabilities over the last four years. The Ohio APSE recognized Aultman employees as being instrumental in making the program successful by providing the time and energy to become natural supports for the interns as they learn to carry out their jobs. They noted that to date, ten individuals from the program have been hired by Aultman Health Foundation and all are making above minimum wage with some accruing benefits.
The Ohio APSE also praised Aultman’s partnerships with local school districts to provide work development programs for people with disabilities. Other area businesses are invited to Aultman Health Foundation to tour the facility and observe the experiences with Project Search to encourage participation in similar programs. The APSE recognized Aultman not only for improving the lives of people with disabilities, but also the community it serves.
For more information on the Ohio APSE, please visit http://www.apse.org/. For information on Aultman’s participation in the Project Search program, please contact Emily Menyes at 330-363-3423.