“Utilizing the talents of all Americans is essential for our Nation to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we recognize the skills that people with disabilities bring to our workforce, and we rededicate ourselves to improving employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors for those living with disabilities.” This is a portion of the proclamation signed by the President on October 3rd, 2011, naming October as Disability Employment Awareness Month.
James Watkins, one of Glenwood’s ‘stars’, was honored with the Personal Achievement Award from the Alabama Association for Persons in Supported Employment (AL-APSE) on July 27th , during the AL-APSE annual conference held in Montgomery. James was recognized for his twenty years of full-time work in the mailroom of Protective Life, a national insurance company headquartered in Birmingham. James is an outstanding example of the contribution people can make to their community when the focus is on people’s abilities, rather than the disability.