October 22, 2013 // Franchising.com // Wilmington, NC - 101 Mobility, a national franchisor leading the accessibility equipment market, received Special Employer Recognition at the 2013 Disability Employment Awareness Month Awards. Kelly Mercer, a hearing impaired web developer/graphic designer at 101 Mobility, received an Outstanding Employee plaque at the same event.
Joel Brenner, Senior Vice President of Franchise Operations and Marketing, hired Kelly back in November 2012. "Because of Kelly, we are able to put out almost three websites a week," he said. "She’s an important asset to our team. I can’t think of anyone more deserving."
Started by Congress, the Disability Employment Awareness Month raises the public’s awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task" in order to reflect the reality that people with disabilities have the same education, training, experience, and desire to be successful in the workplace.
Held at the New Hanover County Government Center, the 2013 Disability Employment Awareness Month Awards was sponsored by the North Carolina State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Cape Fear Disability Commission. The event honors employers and employees who have contributed to the employment of individuals with disabilities in the Wilmington community. City and county government officials also attended to show their support.
Kelly was humbled by the large turnout. "Being a hearing impaired employee has shown me that anything is possible—especially in the workplace environment," she explained. "I used to think that I was limited by my hearing loss and didn’t have enough work options. But it wasn’t my disability that held me back—it was my way of thinking."
101 Mobility is a full-service sales, service, and installation provider of a complete line of mobility and accessibility products and equipment, including stair lifts, auto lifts, ramps, porch lifts, patient lifts, power wheelchairs, scooters and more. Short and long-term rentals are also available for home, office, and institution. By working with patients to identify which home health care devices best suit each individual’s needs, 101 Mobility provides an alternative to group homes and rehabilitation centers by increasing accessibility and allowing clients to live self-sufficiently in their homes.
SOURCE 101 Mobility