Thursday November 01, 2018
The Edge Sports and Fitness was awarded the Spirit of the ADA Award from the Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities (GCEPD). The award was presented by GCEPD Vice Chair Eileen Casey and accepted by Edge employees Mike Feitelberg and Kim Kilbon. It is presented to “employers who reflect the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act in their employment practices.”
“We were thrilled as an organization to receive such an honor! Employing folks with disabilities has enriched our community and changed our culture!” said Kilbon, who works in the human resources department at The Edge.
Molly Wiggins of Project Search also received the Spirit of ADA Award from Casey. Project Search is a workplace immersion program for students with intellectual disabilities in their final year of high school. It is a collaborative program between education, vocational rehabilitation, developmental services, and local businesses like The Edge. The goal of the one-year program is to have students learn transferrable skills via internships that lead to complex competitive employment.
The Vermont GCEPD works toward ensuring that every disabled Vermonter who wants to work is given the opportunity to do so. Collaborating with individuals, businesses, service providers and other government agencies, the mostly volunteer committee uses various educational and outreach programs to bring prospective employers and employees together. For more information, visit hireus.vermont.gov.