Supported Employment Program recognized at Governor’s Employer Award Program  

King County’s Supported Employment Program was nominated for the Employment and Disability Issue Governor Awards for 2018 Public Sector Employer of the Year.  The awards ceremony was held at the Microsoft Conference Center on Wednesday, October 17. The program was recognized by the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment (GCDE) for the efforts of public employers (federal, state, local government) and their efforts to recruit, hire and advance the employment of individuals with disabilities.

Although King County did not win the award, (hats off to the City of Bellevue) this was a great opportunity to not only recognize the work and commitment of program staff, but also the Executive’s commitment to supported employment.

“Although King County’s Supported Employment Program did not win the award today, I am honored that the nomination was considered and continue to be grateful for Christina’s work and the direction our program is going,” said Jeff Casem, Disability Services Supervisor.

Attending the event included (from left to right): Jeff Casem (Disability Services Supervisor), Whitney Abrams (Chief People Officer), Christina Davidson (Supported Employment Program Manager), Ting Chou (Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention Administrative Office Assistant), Susan Stremel (Department of Community and Human Services Program Manager), Brooke Caddock (King County Council Office Assistant) and Liesa Spring (Senior Employment Consultant from Trilium Employment Agency.

2 Comments on “Supported Employment Program recognized at Governor’s Employer Award Program  

  1. Hello Bobbi, thank you for your comment. I have forwarded it on to the DES HR Team. Thanks, Jason

  2. I am rather appalled that King County’s Supported Employment Program gets nominated for the Employment and Disability Issue Governor Awards for 2018 Public Sector Employer of the Year, since I am a disabled King County employee, with 12 years of exemplary service to FBOD/FMS, who has been disciplined mercilessly for my disability [ADHD] behavior to the point that FBOD Director has accumulated enough discipline points to propose termination. My management has refused a simple accommodation and has, essentially, used my disability against me by baiting me to produce the disability behavior [loud communication] when I am stressed or threatened. Wow! King County [FBOD] has a really messed up set of values if their behavior qualifies King County for honors in their treatment of the disabled.

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