Combating Unemployment for People with Disabilities: SourceAmerica Recognizes Employees, Advocates

They come from different parts of the country, different agencies and different industries, but they all are exemplary representatives of their respective roles within the disability employment community. As such, they were recognized May 3 at the SourceAmerica National Training and Achievement Conference in New Orleans.

SourceAmerica is a 501(c)3 national leader in creating employment opportunities and choices for people with disabilities through a network of nonprofit agencies. The 2017 national award winners were:

Gary Hunter, the AbilityOne Honor Roll for Veterans with Disabilities Award winner, is a customer service technician for Peckham, Inc. in Lansing, Michigan. The U.S. Army veteran with schizoaffective disorder struggled to find a job after his disability was diagnosed. But at Peckham, he’s flourished, supervisors said. He provides outstanding service, mentors other employees and is building a database of information for other customer service agents to access to answer client questions.

William “Scotty” Weatherly won the Evelyne Villines Award for an individual with a significant disability who has advanced to a management role from work on an AbilityOne contract. Weatherly has advanced through the ranks of Goodwill Industries of San Antonio to oversee a team of 70 employees with significant disabilities who manage nearly 60,000 U.S. Army veteran medical and dental records to facilitate Veterans Administration disability claims processing.

Tim Zarzecki won the President’s Award for a non-AbilityOne Program employee with a significant disability who has exhibited outstanding leadership and exceptional character. He works for Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina as a food service worker on a contract with Naval Special…

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