The Vermont “Spirit of the ADA” Award is given to employers who reflect the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act in their employment practices. Successfully meeting any of the following criteria qualifies employers for eligibility to be nominated
- Recruitment outreach and equal accessibility in the application, interviewing, and hiring procedures for people with disabilities.
- Use of on-the-job accommodations, modifications, progressive employment methods, and/or creative solutions for successful training and employment of people with disabilities.
- Accessible physical structures, buildings, work stations and equipment, and services.
- Support for the employment of a person(s) with disability as an overall employment strategy.
The following employers have been recognized for the promotion of hiring and retaining of people with disabilities:
Nick Caputo, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation, Barre
Marin Iwashko, Bennington County, Meals Program
Orly Munzing & Vicki Friedman, Strolling of the Heifers
Adam Leonard, Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center
Robin Ingenthron Good Point Recycling
Tom Fondakowski & Paul Bento, Johnson State College Dining – Sodexo
Fritz & Paula Halbedl, Derbyline Village Inn
David Watts & Karen Lombard, Kendal at Hanover Assisted Living
Christine Priest, Maplefield’s, Enosburg Falls
Paul Tomasi, NEK Waste Management District
Jay Welenc, Environmental Services Department at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Rob Macfarlane, Sodexo Food Service Group at Castleton University
Jeremiah Whitten and Robert Bachand, Vermont Furniture Designs