Staff from NEC Member WORK Inc. recently visited Washington, DC, with Michael Buckman, a longtime participant in the organization’s AbilityOne program. The purpose of the visit to our nation’s capital was to advocate for the increased employment for individuals with disabilities.
Through the AbilityOne Program, Michael has worked in the custodial departments at several state and federal government buildings in the Boston area. During his time in Washington D.C., Michael visited Capitol Hill to meet with Massachusetts legislators to discuss his experience with the AbilityOne program and the importance of the program to the community. In sharing his experience with members of the Massachusetts delegation, Buckman emphasized that he was not only describing his experience or simply acknowledging the positive impact of the program; he wanted to ensure that all children with disabilities, including his son, will have employment opportunities when they are older. After meeting with various members of Congress, Buckman stated, “My disability does not define me, I am a person first, I am laying down the roadway to ensure my son has employment opportunities. People with disabilities are people first, and should not be treated differently. I was here to make some noise and that is what I did.”
The New England Council applauds WORK Inc. for its commitment to individuals with disabilities and its continued efforts to provide them with skills training and other support services needed to be productive members of the region’s workforce. The New England Council also commends Michael Buckman for his advocacy on behalf of this often overlooked community. Read more on the WORK Inc. website.