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Posted on: October 3, 2018

Loudoun Observes Disability Employment Awareness Month; Presents FAIME Awards

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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month to recognize the talents of people with disabilities and employers that hire them. 

In conjunction with the proclamation, the Board of Supervisors and the Loudoun County Disability Services Board presented two FAIME (Full Accessibility and Inclusion: Moving Toward Equality) Awards. The awards, which were presented at the Board of Supervisors’ October 2, 2018, business meeting, recognize local employers for their commitment to hire, accommodate and promote employees with disabilities.

This year’s winners, Jersey Mike’s Subs in Purcellville and Giant Food in Leesburg, were chosen from nearly a dozen businesses that were nominated through the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce. Examples of the winners’ commitment to welcoming those with disabilities in the workplace include: 
  • Employees at Jersey Mike’s in Purcellville are learning sign language and the business has purchased American Sign Language books for employees so that they can better communicate with an assistant manager trainee who has a hearing loss. 

  • Employees at Giant Food in Leesburg serve as mentors and trainers to their fellow employees with disabilities who work a variety of positions, including in customer service, as cashiers, bagging groceries, retrieving carts and other jobs behind the scenes. 
The FAIME awards, which are an annual initiative of the Disability Services Board, honor businesses and organizations in Loudoun County that display a strong commitment to hiring people with disabilities and demonstrate full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace.  

The Disability Services Board is an at-large advisory body appointed by the Board of Supervisors, which identifies and advises on issues of importance to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to help make Loudoun an accessible and inclusive community for all. More information is online at www.loudoun.gov/dsb

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Pictured above:Members of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the Disability Services Board and employees of Jersey Mike’s in Purcellville and Giant Good in Leesburg gathered for the Disability Employment Awareness Month proclamation and the presentation of FAIME Awards at the Board’s October 2, 2018, business meeting.
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