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Employee of the Year

by Aaron Tanner

· Disability,Ability,Award,Employment,Aspergers

This week, I was invited to attend the Huntsville Area Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities 47th Annual Awards Program. The ceremony featured several agencies that help people with disabilities in north Alabama find and keep employment, including the ARC of Madison County and the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services (ADRS).

My job coach nominated me for Employee of the Year for a Large Company because of my advocacy for those with Aspergers in my community and my freelance writing job to go along with my regular job at Oral Arts. There were several different award categories, such as Student of the Year, Advocate of the Year, and Employer of the Year that was broken up into large and small businesses.

It was an honor to receive the nomination and accepting an invitation to attend the ceremony. However, the winner of the Employee of the Year for a Large Business category went to a young gentleman who is deaf and taught his co-workers at the local Sam’s Club sign language. He will go head to head with other people from across the state of Alabama in the same category at the ADRS State Awards in December in Montgomery.

In attendance was my mom, a good friend named Fred and my job coach. Below are pictures from the event. Enjoy!

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