State Education Department Recognizes 75 Employers of Individuals With Disabilities


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The following is from the New York State Department of Education.

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) throughout October, the State Education Department is honoring 75 businesses across the state that do an outstanding job of employing individuals with disabilities, Commissioner Betty A. Rosa announced today. This year’s theme, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,” recognizes the crucial role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive workforce. Virtual events will be held throughout the month to recognize the employers.

Board of Regents Chancellor Lester W. Young, Jr. said, “The Board of Regents and I are committed to ensuring every New Yorker has the opportunity to succeed and contribute to their community. We are thrilled to honor businesses that share these values. This month, we celebrate individuals with disabilities, the diversity they bring to the workforce, and the businesses that hire them. These businesses enrich their workplaces and communities by hiring employees with diverse abilities and are truly deserving of the recognition bestowed upon them.”

Commissioner Rosa said, “The businesses being honored this month set the standard for prioritizing a diverse workforce. When given the opportunity, individuals with disabilities make great employees, and we celebrate these New York State businesses that have adopted equitable and inclusive hiring practices. The Board of Regents and State Education Department are grateful for the important work of our ACCES-VR team and our partners who support individuals with disabilities in finding employment opportunities.”

Deputy Commissioner Ceylane Meyers-Ruff said, “The State ACCES-VR office is pleased to support NDEAM and the businesses being honored this year. A diverse workforce can strengthen business and drive innovation. We are proud to partner with employers who share our commitment to bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to all New York workplaces.”

2022 NDEAM Celebrations

The Department’s Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) will hold virtual events to celebrate and honor businesses and workers that reflect the ideals of ACCES-VR’s mission to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain employment and to support independent living through training, education, rehabilitation, and career development.

The celebrations will highlight local businesses that provide employment opportunities that enable workers with disabilities to contribute to their communities, earn a living wage, and have meaningful careers. In addition, the Department will recognize seven statewide winners. The NDEAM 2022 statewide and regional winners are listed below.


Through the Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) program, the Department assists individuals with disabilities in securing and maintaining employment so they can live independently. ACCES-VR offers individuals with disabilities a wide range of supports—from counseling, guidance, assessment, job placement, and job coaching to tuition assistance, occupational tools, and equipment to start a business, for those who are self-employed—to help them make a career and earn a living. These individuals work with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors who connect them with the right programs and people, so that they can reach their employment goals. In 2021, more than 68,000 individuals received ACCES-VR services. There are 15 ACCES-VR offices and 10 satellites statewide.

ACCES-VR works closely with the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) and the New York State Commission for the Blind to help individuals with disabilities find jobs and to identify employers that hire these individuals. The Commission for the Blind provides vocational rehabilitation for people who are blind and nominates businesses to be recognized this month. Additionally, DOL vets all businesses nominated as part of NDEAM.

Please visit our ACCES-VR website or call 1-800-222-JOBS (5627) to find out more about ACCES-VR services.

Statewide Winners

Business Size Name/Address

Employer with 500 or More Employees

Advance Auto Parts

4200 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609

Employer with 100 to 499 Employees

Flik Hospitality at Cravath

825 Eight Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Employer with 25 to 99 Employees

Morrison Living Dietary Services

100 Patriots Road

Stony Brook, NY 11790

Employer with 24 or Fewer Employees

LandPro Equipment

185 Route 31F, Macedon, NY 14502

Entrepreneur with a Disability

Second Act Management LLC, DBA Honey Baked Ham Company

57 N. Central Ave, Hartsdale, NY 10530

Collaborative Practices and Innovative Career Pathways

Partnership for Inclusive Internship (PII)

83 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038

Youth Engagement and Career Readiness

Hatfield Metal Fabrication

16 Hatfield Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Regional/Local Winners


2245 Broad Hollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735

Afya Foundation

140 Saw Mill River Road, Yonkers, NY 10701

Bayview YMCA

1209 Bay Rd, Webster, NY 1458

Best Buy

1240 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994

BJs Wholesale Club

232 Larkin Drive, Monroe, 10950

Brown's Collision

4409 State Highway 30, Amsterdam, NY 12010

Buffalo Riverworks

359 Ganson Street, Buffalo, NY 14203


3240 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY 10994

Calvin Klein

660 Race Track Ln, Central Valley, 10917

Creekside Industries Recycling Division

101 Browne St, Oneonta, NY 13820


20 Melville Park Road, Melville, NY 11747

Dows Lane Elementary School - Irvington UFSD

6 Dows Lane, Irvington, NY 10533

Dundon Construction

722 Chenango St, Binghamton, NY 13901

Dunkin Donuts

330 West Route 59, Nanuet, NY 10954

EMT Metals

101 Delaware Ave, Endicott, NY 13760

Fala Technologies

430 Neighborhood Road, Kingston, NY 12401

Flaum Eye Institute

175 Corporate Woods Ste 230, Rochester, NY 14623

Gates Fabrication

182 Moeller Street, Binghamton, NY 13904

Guaranteed Returns

100 Colin Drive, Holbrook, NY 11741

Habitat for Humanity of Long Island

2111 Lakeland Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

Heinz & Weber Co. dba Webers Brand Mustard

150 Reading Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220

IHOP- International House of Pancakes

3720 Vestal Parkway East, Vestal, NY 13850

Instream, LLC

1201 Indian Church Road, Buffalo, NY 14224

Jeffersonville, Bake Shop

4906 State Route 52 PO Box 204, Jeffersonville, NY 12748

Jewish Senior Life

2021 Winton Rd South, Rochester, 14618


431 Boston Post Rd, Portchester, NY 10573

L.B. Security & Investigations Inc

610 French Road, Suite #3, New Hartford, NY 13414

Label Shopper-A Division of Peter Harris Clothes

125 Plaza Lane #2, Cobleskill, NY 12043

Legends-NY Yankees

One East 161st Street, New York, NY 10451

Legoland Entertainment

1 Legoland Blvd, Goshen, NY 10924

Legoland Resort

1 Legoland Blvd, Goshen, NY 10924

LiCari's Big M Hometown Market

15 Lamberson Street, Dolgeville, NY 13329


825 Montauk Highway, East Patchogue, NY 11772


100 Richmond Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10314

Meals on Wheels

121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, NY 10954

Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc

9882 River Road, Utica, NY 13502

Mt. St. Mary College

45 Elmwood Pl, Newburgh, NY 12550

New York Yankees One

East 161st Street, New York, NY 10451

Norwich Price Chopper

5631 NY – 12, Norwich, NY 13815

Oneida Indian Nations

2037 Dream Catcher Plaza, Oneida, NY 13421

Penfield Central School District - Cobbles Elementary School

140 Gebhardt Rd, Penfield, NY 14526

Point of the Bluff Vineyards

10489 Co Rd 76, Hammondsport, NY 14840

Price Chopper

511 Schutt Road Ext., Middletown, NY 10940

Price Chopper

511 Schutt Road Ext., Middletown, NY 10940

Quick Check

751 Rt. 211, Middletown, NY 10940

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

777 Old Saw Mill Rd, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Restaurant Depot

80 Ridgeland Rd, Rochester, NY 14623

Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel

135-20 39th Avenue, Flushing, NY 11354


78 Brookside Ave, Suite 122, Chester, NY 10918


125 Dobson Ave, Middletown, NY 10940


246 Livingston St., Northvale, NJ 17647

ShopRite Stony Point

22 Holt Drive, Stony Point, NY 10980

Spectrum Designs

199 Tompkins St., Pleasantville, NY 10573

Supreme Building Messenger

248 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001

The Home Depot

301 S Research Place, Central Islip, NY 11722

The Little Island

872 Washington Street, New York, NY 10014

The National Comedy Center

203 West Second Street, Jamestown, NY 14701

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum

180 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10007

Tiny Hearts Childcare Center

270 Washington Avenue, Plainview, NY 11803

Top's Market

261 Utica Boulevard, Boonville, NY 13309

Triple H Stores, INC DBA Hesselson's

163 E. 14th Street, Elmira Heights, NY 14903

Turner Bellows Inc

526 Child St, Rochester, NY 14606

Valley National Bank

One Jericho Plaza, Jericho, NY 11753

Vernon Down's Casino

4229 Stuhlman Road, Vernon, NY 13476

Vestal Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

105 W Sheddy Road, Vestal, NY 13850


79 North St, Dryden, NY 13053


1333 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538


26 Wicks Road, Brentwood, NY 11717

Weis Markets Store #219

160 Robinson St, Binghamton, NY 13904

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