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The Vermont “Spirit of the ADA” Award

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

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