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Trinity Services celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Oct 06, 2017

NEW LENOX, IL — This October, Trinity Services, Inc. celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month, recognizing and spreading awareness about the many abilities and skills that people diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability bring to the workforce.

The theme of this year’s national campaign is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

At Trinity Services, job coaches, job developers, and all who work one-to-one with people seeking or working in occupations through Trinity’s Supported Employment Programs know the theme to be true.

With the right accommodations or supports, people with disabilities can provide invaluable resources to businesses of all sizes, in a variety of industries.

“Diversity among staff members can allow for more effective problem-solving and result in new ideas through fostering inclusive work environments,” said Kristina Zappavigna, Employment Services Coordinator at Trinity Services. “It can also support recruitment efforts by showing how individuals of all abilities can contribute to company productivity.”

The employment rate for people with disabilities is less than half of the rate for people without disabilities, and people with disabilities tend to be employed in low-paying occupations, according to the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in the United States Department of Labor.

However, higher-paying job opportunities for people with disabilities have the potential to grow with the development of computer and information technology, along with the increasing popularity of home-based and flexible work arrangements, according to the ODEP. These new technologies and corporate policies would benefit people with disabilities by helping them overcome physical or cognitive limitations, as well as transportation difficulties.

To observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Trinity Services encourages businesses to commit to inclusivity for people with disabilities.

Employers seeking resources on how they can make inclusion a reality can receive guidance from the Job Accommodation Network at askjan.org and can find more information at dol.gov/ndeam.

Employers who would like to partner with Trinity Services, Inc. or let Trinity Services’ Supported Employment staff know about job openings can call Zappavigna at (815) 462-3652.

Trinity Services, Inc. is a 67-year-old, nonsectarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness flourish and live full and abundant lives. Trinity serves more than 3,500 people in 31 communities in Will, Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Peoria, Jackson, Madison and St. Clair counties, and Reno, Nevada. To learn more, visit www.trinity-services.org.

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  • 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction — 'Moonlight Sonata'

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    We feel privileged to be celebrating our 68th year of providing supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and mental illness. Since first opening our doors as a small school, Trinity Services has been committed to helping individuals flourish and lead more independent lives. We now serve more than 3,500 people through an array of innovative programs. This would not be possible without generous supporters like you.

    We hope you will join us for an evening of entertainment, fine dining, dancing, and silent and live auctions at our 29th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction, Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. This year's theme is "Moonlight Sonata."
    The evening starts with cocktails at 5 p.m.

    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    Platinum - $5,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business logo posted on Trinity Services' website
    10 complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Gold - $3,000
    Full-page color ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Six complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Silver - $2,000
    Full-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Four complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Bronze - $1,000
    Half-page B&W ad in the program book
    Business name on the Trinity Services website
    Two complimentary tickets
    Mention on social media

    Program Book Advertisement Opportunities:
    Full-page color $500 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    Full-page B&W $300 (7.5” W x 9.75” H)
    1/2-page B&W $200 (7.5” W x 4.875” H)
    1/4-page B&W $100 (3.75” W x 4.875” H)
    1/8-page business card/celebration B&W $50 (3.75”W x 2.4375” H)

    Auction Items:
    You can also help us make this event a success by contributing a new, unused item for the silent or live auction. All items donated are 100% tax deductible.
    Some popular auction items from past years have included: tickets to sporting events, autographed sports paraphernalia, vacation packages (or airline miles), tools, theater tickets, gift cards, spa treatments, jewelry, wine, kids’ fun baskets, pet baskets, and electronics (iPad, Kindle, wireless sound systems, smart TV, etc.)
    Please drop off or mail your item(s) by Friday, Aug. 21, to 301 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL 60451. If you need Trinity staff to pick up your donation, please call 815-717-3750.
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