Nominations Open For Harford County Disability Employment Recognition Awards 2023


HARFORD COUNTY - The Harford County Commission on Disabilities is asking the public to nominate inspiring individuals in recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.

The Employment Recognition Awards celebrate the accomplishments of employees with disabilities and recognize employers who give them the opportunity to join and excel in the workforce.

Anyone can nominate a person, business, or other organization that has positively impacted someone’s life or the broader community. The deadline for nominations is Friday, September 1, 2023.

Nomination forms and details for each award category are available online or by contacting Rachel Trovato, Harford County disabilities coordinator, at 410-638-3373 or

The theme for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month is “Advancing Access and Equity.” The national theme recognizes the vital role people with disabilities play in making the nation’s workforce diverse and inclusive.

The awards are split into several categories, each highlighting the advancement of individuals with disabilities in the workplace.

Nominations are now being accepted for the following awards:

  • Employee of the Year
  • Employer of the Year
  • Harford County Student Worker of the Year
  • Accessibility Award
  • Ruth Helen Thompson Memorial Community Service Award
  • Media Award
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Veteran of the Year.

The Harford County Commission on Disabilities was established in 1995 to serve as the voice of the disability community in Harford County. Members are appointed by the county executive, with the approval of the Harford County Council.

“We are proud to recognize the skills and talents that citizens with disabilities bring to the workplace,” Harford County Executive Bob Cassilly said. “We want to thank local employers who continue to help create and foster an inclusive community by hiring employees of all abilities.”

For over 20 years, the Commission on Disabilities Employment Committee has celebrated the accomplishments of local employees with disabilities with these annual awards. This year's awards ceremony, hosted by Kristy Breslin of WJZ News, will occur on Wednesday, October 4, at 11:30 a.m. at the Richlin Catering and Event Center in Edgewood.

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