Manassas, VA – Didlake, Inc. has received the 2011 Champions of Disability Employment Award from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services for the Didlake’s work in the Greater Hampton Roads region of Virginia. The award was created to recognize individuals and organizations from public, private, and non-profit sectors who have ‘championed’ the employment of people with disabilities and gone above and beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to support workers with disabilities.
U.S. Senator Mark Warner congratulated Didlake, saying that the award recognizes a commitment to the common good. “When our country faces challenges, society relies upon role models to inspire success and create hope,” he said. “I know your work will inspire others to hire Virginians with disabilities.”
Past recipients of the award include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Omni Richmond Hotel, Busch Gardens Europe, the Virginia Department of Health, and former Virginia governor Tim Kaine.
About Virginia DRS
In partnership with people with disabilities and their families, the Department of Rehabilitative Services (DRS) collaborates with the public and private sectors to provide and advocate for the highest quality services that empower individuals with disabilities to maximize their employment, independence and full inclusion into society. For more information about DRS, call 1-800-552-5019 or visit www.vadrs.org.
Didlake, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Manassas, Virginia. It was founded in 1965 to create opportunities for people with disabilities through services that connect them to employment, education and the community. It provides contract business services for commercial and government customers and has won numerous awards for its facilities maintenance; packaging/ assembly; and administrative services. The organization operates throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area, in the Roanoke Valley and in Greater Hampton Roads. It serves more than 1,600 people with disabilities annually. Didlake, Inc. is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia, accredited by CARF and proudly serves the nation through the AbilityOne program. Its partners include the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, local Community Services Boards and United Way of the National Capital Area. For more information, visit www.didlake.org.