SESDAC holds employer recognition luncheon SESDAC, Inc. honored Vermillion businesses for hiring people with disabilities at a luncheon at the Winery on Oct. 27.
Sixty-eight people attended the luncheon that also celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness month. Mayor Dan Christopherson read a proclamation from the City of Vermillion. Mike Slattery, SESDAC, Inc. director, spoke about the importance of jobs for people with disabilities and encouraged employers to keep up their good work by carving out jobs that both contribute to their financial well being and the quality of life of the employees.
Currently, 15 local employers provide jobs for 29 people that SESDAC supports. Jobs range from nearly full-time to an hour a week.
Slattery said that every job is important.
"The amount of time people work and the amount of money they make are important considerations, but not the only measures of a successful job placement for a person with disability. Quality of life improves when people feel they are connected with others and performing meaningful activity," he said.
Employers who might be considering hiring a person with disability can call SESDAC, Inc. at 624-4419.
Musical entertainment was provided by Sharon and Marie Gray and Cathy Andre. The luncheon was co-sponsored by the South Dakota Board of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Board of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired, the Division of Rehabilitation Services and the Division of Service to the Blind and Visually Impaired.