In partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and the Guilford Merchants Association, the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities sponsors an annual awards reception every May to recognize employers who have successfully employed people with disabilities or been instrumental in building a barrier-free community.
The 2014 Small Business Award winners are:
Outstanding Employer of the Year:
~ Recognizes employers who demonstrate outstanding achievements towards improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
~ Given to employers with an exceptional record of hiring and/or facilitating employment for people with disabilities and that have made efforts toward a barrier-free environment.
Outstanding Employer of the Year 2014
Mark Sienko, General Manager (center)
Brant Taylor Barrier-Free Success Award:
~ Recognizes and honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to creating a barrier-free environment for persons with disabilities.
Brant Taylor Barrier Free Success Award 2014
Community Theatre of Greensboro
Mitchel Sommers, Director (third from left)
Helps low-income homeowners with disabilities have access to ramps so they can get in and out of their homes with ease. The goal of the project, which is held every July, is to fund and build wheelchair ramps for those in need. Donations of time and supplies are always needed from the community.
One of the largest functions the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities hosts is Shoppers' Day, a December shopping event to showcase the talent of people with disabilities and to allow community volunteers -- primarily high school students -- a chance to learn first-hand the barriers that people with disabilities face. Each year, more than 200 individuals with different abilities from throughout Guilford County participate.