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Program aimed at increasing employment of adults with disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC, -- On May 22, Easterseals DC MD VA, a local nonprofit providing services for those with special needs or disabilities including veterans and wounded warriors, announced the creation of a new program aimed at increasing employment of adults with disabilities at its annual Advocacy Awards dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The Easterseals Disability Staffing Network (EDSN), is based on the innovative business model of Easterseals Veteran Staffing Network (VSN) and is geared toward addressing the 70 percent of working-age adults currently unemployed as result of a disability.

“Edison leverages our whole community – Easterseals business relationships and coaching as well as community partner training programs and government programs - to increase employment of people with disabilities by offering a business-friendly temp, temp-to-hire, or direct hire system,” said Jon Horowitch, President and CEO of Easterseals DC MD VA.

In addition to the announcement, Easterseals honored the Cohen Veterans Network, an organization established by Steven A. Cohen to fill the gaps in veteran and military family mental health care, for their work. General Mark and Mrs. Hollyanne Milley, 39th Chief of Staff of the United States Army, were also presented with Advocacy Awards for their advocacy and dedication to supporting military families.

“Our award recipients share a personal call to serve. The Cohen Veterans Network brought the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals to the National Capital, enabling us to offer desperately needed outpatient behavioral health care services to veterans regardless of their discharge status as well as to their family members and the families of active duty military personnel,” said Staci Redmon, Chair of the 2018 Advocacy Awards and President & Chief Executive Officer, Strategy and Management Services, Inc.

Guests and sponsors enjoyed dinner prepared by celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, who also visited Easterseals Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Inter-Generational Center in the morning. The event generated over $650,000 to fund critical Easterseals programs throughout the region, impacting the lives of individuals with disabilities or special needs.

Since 2004, Easterseals has honored several organizations and individuals for their exemplary commitment to advancing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities or special needs, including wounded warriors, military, veterans and their families, at the Advocacy Awards.


About Easterseals DC MD VA – For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for children, adults, families and veterans living – and thriving – with disabilities and special needs in DC, Maryland and Virginia. Through the innovative, inclusive and person-centered work we do, we are strengthening our community and changing the way the world defines and views disability. We are committed to making profound, positive differences in people’s lives everyday. www.eseal.org    

About The Cohen Veterans Network - The Cohen Veterans Network is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation whose mission is to improve the quality of life for post-9/11 veterans and their families by focusing on improving mental health outcomes. The goal of the Cohen Veterans Network is to build a network of free outpatient mental health clinics for veterans and their families in high-need communities, in which trained clinicians deliver holistic evidence-based care to treat mental health conditions. Learn more about the Cohen Veterans Network

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