As we reach the middle of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we wanted to take a deeper look into the work that Best Buddies International does to help bridge the gap in employment for people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is one branch of Best Buddies that the MTeam fundraising efforts support each year. Below, a few words from the Best Buddies Jobs team:
“Observed annually in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the monumental contributions of employees with disabilities and highlights the importance of inclusive workforces. This year’s theme – “The Right Talent, Right Now” – perfectly embodies the life-changing work at Best Buddies to integrate people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) into the workforce and strengthen our entire economy.
With help from team members, volunteers, donors and community members, Best Buddies matches skilled and qualified individuals with IDD with businesses seeking enthusiastic and dedicated employees. The Best Buddies Jobs program develops partnerships with employers, assists with the hiring process and provides ongoing support to the employee and employer, ensuring that individuals with IDD have the opportunity to earn an income of their own, work in an environment alongside others in their communities and contribute their talent and gifts to the rest of the world.
The Best Buddies Jobs participants add significant value to the workforce, including offering diverse perspectives for organizational success and fast-tracking progress towards equitable and sustainable development. Best Buddies Jobs program has participants employed full time who each have the potential to earn a total income upwards of $1 million over 30 years and contribute $250k in taxes back into the economy.
One of those Best Buddies participants is Dudley Williams III. As a Marketing Coordinator in John Hancock’s Sponsorship and Event Marketing Department, Dudley represents the epitome of a highly-successful employee. After graduating from the Lesley University Threshold Program several years ago, Dudley joined Best Buddies Jobs in Boston to work toward his professional goals. Within a few short years, Dudley has become not only one of the strongest spokespersons for Best Buddies Jobs in Massachusetts, but has realized his own ultimate goal of having a full time job with benefits. Dudley is a very hard worker, dedicated to his own self-improvement, and a tireless advocate for employment for people with IDD. Watch the Best Buddies video honoring Dudley Williams.
Join the global movement right now by supporting Best Buddies Jobs as we all work to create more employment opportunities for the right talent.”