Penn-Mar Human Services and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Present Inaugural Business Forum
FROM EXCLUSION TO INCLUSION:
What the “inclusion revolution” means for adults with disabilities and the powerful role business leaders play
FREELAND, Md. – Nov. 17, 2016 – On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Maryland business leaders and influencers will lead a free public forum and share insights on creating a path to inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities that promotes shared social value and independence.
This first-time business forum entitled “From Exclusion to Inclusion: What the ‘inclusion revolution’ means for adults with disabilities and the powerful role business leaders play,” is being organized by Penn-Mar Human Services and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, and hosted by KELLY in Sparks, Md.
The forum will be made up of a panel of local Maryland business owners and leaders, including Nalley Fresh founder Greg Nalley; Penn-Mar Foundation Vice-chair and advocate, Anthony Gallo, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, Dave Kelly, Chief Organizational Officer, KELLY; and Tim O’Neill, an employee at Bank of America supported by Penn-Mar.
Less than a decade ago, most people with disabilities, who had a desire to work, were in “sheltered workshops” producing products for contract work for manufacturers. Most of the individuals made a piece rate or a subminimum hourly rate based on Department of Labor regulations.
Four years ago, Penn-Mar Human Services, a recognized leader in providing innovative, quality supports and services to hundreds of individuals with intellectual disabilities in Maryland and Pennsylvania, shuttered its sheltered workshop, and initiated its Competitive Integrated Employment program. The program is successfully partnering with numerous Maryland businesses to provide employment in an integrated community setting, enabling individuals to earn a competitive wage, receive benefits equal to the job’s responsibilities and enjoy the satisfaction of working to maximum potential.
“There is a painful history for people with disabilities being excluded from society and while we’ve come a long way, there is more to do,” says Gregory Miller, Penn-Mar president and CEO. “Penn-Mar’s guiding beliefs are that there is a job for everyone who wants one, regardless of disability. Inclusion is the ultimate goal because inclusion, interaction and engagement can lead to greater independence. More than exposure or integration, inclusion fosters experiences and interactions that will serve people with disabilities for a lifetime.”
FROM EXCLUSION TO INCLUSION: A BUSINESS FORUM
What: Calling on business leaders, owners, administrators and influencers to join Penn-Mar Human Services and the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce in learning more about the talents and incredible work ethic of people with disabilities, and how Penn-Mar can support business initiatives and job creation for people who once felt invisible, but now through inclusion, invincible.
When: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, from 8 to 9:30 a.m.
1 Kelly Way
Sparks, MD 21152
There is no charge to attend the forum, but space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact Kathy Rogers by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 410-343-1069 x227.
About Penn-Mar Human Services
Penn-Mar Human Services, founded in 1981, serves more than 400 adults with intellectual disabilities through its residential, respite, educational, vocational and supported employment programs in northern Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties in Maryland, and in southern York County in Pennsylvania. www.penn-mar.org
About the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce
Established in 1966, the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) strives to promote a diverse, vibrant and sustainable business community across the region. BCCC provides leadership and resources to community leaders, entrepreneurs, business executives, employees and educators, and offers numerous programs and events to help its more than 425 members develop strategic relationships within the business community. www.baltcountycc.com