BIDDEFORD, Maine (October 31, 2011) – The Biddeford Olive Garden Restaurant hosted a luncheon for workers supported by Community Partners, Inc. (CPI) and their Work Support staff to celebrate National Employee Disability Awareness Month. More than 20 years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities supported by programs like CPI are making contributions to workplaces across our country. 

Olive Garden works with the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and its national network to schedule and host program activities. According to a Presidential Proclamation by President Obama, “Utilizing the talents of all Americans is essential for our Nation to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we recognize the skills that people with disabilities bring to our workforce, and we rededicate ourselves to improving employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors for those living with disabilities.”

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, CPI has been providing direct support services to adults with developmental disabilities since 1967. Programs include independent living, employment support, community inclusion services, and senior enrichment. Individuals are also supported residentially with a variety of housing options, ranging from supported independent living to licensed facilities in communities throughout Southern and Central Maine. For further information, please contact Amy Safford at (207) 282-7113 ext. 125.