#NDEAM | Alex’s Employment Story

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM commemorates the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. The theme for NDEAM 2021, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recognition of NDEAM, Independence Now consumer, Alex, shared his story with us!

I have been working as a Courtesy Clerk at Giant Supermarket at Cabin John Mall for over ten years and I have been working as a Teaching Aide at St. Peter’s School on Capitol Hill for about 5 years.  I love both my jobs and I have a job coach who ensures I am successful and helps me when I need extra training.  Helping people and talking to people makes me very happy.  I know I am very lucky to have two paying jobs and those wages help me pay for my day-to-day expenses including medical bills and for meals.  I love going out to dinner with my friends.

I like feeling independent and being a contributing member of society and I love living in my own apartment in Bethesda with support.

Celebrate #NDEAM by sharing your story!

#NDEAM | Alex’s Employment Story
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