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For Immediate Release

Stories of Hope at Easterseals UCP Employment Services

Celebrating Successes During National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Raleigh, NC, October 17, 2017

Media Contact:
Kathy Edgerton

Print News Release

Every day the Easterseals UCP Employment Services staff throughout North Carolina help adults with disabilities learn new skills and seek suitable jobs in the community.  The goal is to help these men and women establish independence.  The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 17.5 percent of people with a disability are employed.  Our hope is to increase that percentage through training and partnerships with businesses.  

The lives of many adults with varying disabilities are more fulfilled as they find jobs they can excel at which enable them to save funds for independent living. Easterseals UCP is thankful to staff and our community partners for supporting adults with disabilities find jobs.  October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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Chris Welcomes Customers

Chris has made big strides.  He began working an overnight shift at Wal-Mart as a maintenance worker. Since then, he has been promoted to a day- time store greeter.  Using his pay checks he pays his own bills, lives in his own apartment and saved enough to purchase a car and get his license.  Chris, who is diagnosed with ADHD, Depressive Disorder and Seizure Disorder, recently lost 60 pounds in one year.  Thanks to Long Term Vocational Support, Chris is happy to be part of his New Bern, NC community.


Roxy’s Got Wheels

Dedicated staff working with Roxy, 23, diagnosed with mental health, helped get her life off the ground -- literally.  Through Individual Placement and Supports and Transition Management Services, Roxy was able to land a job as a cashier at Harris Teeter in Raleigh, NC, finish school, and move into her own apartment where she lives independently. She was delighted to hear Wheels4Hope approved her need for a car and she now has a set of wheels to drive to and from work.  Congratulations to Roxy and her Easterseals UCP team.


Grease Is The Word

Landing a job as a mechanics helper in diesel engine repair at Taylor Automotive has been a dream come true for Adam, who has intellectual disability with impairments in math. An Easterseals UCP Employment Specialist in the Charlotte, NC area prepared Adam for job interviews, assisted with paperwork, and established transportation for Adam. Hours of job training and transitioning paid off for 19-year-old Adam.  He said, “This is my dream job!” 

His employer is thrilled to have him on staff as well, “He is focused, follows direction, is a good team player and will do anything asked of him. We are very happy we hired him.”

Find out more about Easterseals UCP Employment Services Program.

Learn more about Easterseals UCP at www.eastersealsucp.com


Easterseals UCP works side-by-side with adults and children who are managing disabilities and mental health challenges. We serve as a nurse, a therapist, a social worker, a job counselor, a teacher, a psychologist, a caregiver and a compassionate friend all rolled into one. Our purpose is to help neighbors in need achieve better days and live their best possible life.



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