Hiring employees with Development Disabilities is good for business.
Today in Acacia park Mayor Lionel Rivera proclaimed July 20 as development disability day for Colorado Springs.
The event will be going on all day, closing with a community dance from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Antlers Hilton Hotel was honored with a community servant award as the large business to hire the most people with developmental disabilities. The Learning Center won the small business that supports DD employees the most. These awards were based on criteria such as wages, promotability of DD employees, and the inclusive culture of the organization.\
David Ervin the Executive Director of The Resource Exchange said that DD employees are extremely loyal and won’t go to another job for an extra 5 cents an hour and that they “are perfect employees for service industries.”
Recently there was a town hall meeting with various elected officials who discussed business incentives for hiring DD employees, Ervin said.
It is estimated there are 10,000 people in El Paso County with some level of a developmental disability, yet TRE and their 15 partner agencies are only helping around 1800.
There are many facets to our community and a lot of organizations doing really good things for those less fortunate. TRE is another one and deserves support from the business community.
Developmental disability day is being sponsored by the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado, Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group, Peoples National Bank, Sandia and The Gazette. Commendations to you for stepping up and sponsoring this worthwhile day.