21 and Able is an initiative through the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania that provides youth with disabilities a roadmap to employment and independent living after high school. 21 and Able partners with Giant Eagle, The University of Pittsburgh, FedEx Ground, and Allegheny County government to secure jobs for young adults with disabilities to gain valuable skill sets through a innovative employment model.
Josie Badger, a campaign manager for the #IWantToWork campaign in Pennsylvania and Advisory Committee Member of the 21 and Able initiative, will accept the award along with Bob Nelkin, CEO of the United Way of Southwestern PA.
Award presented by Senator Bob Casey
Senator Bob Casey has established a record of results on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania. He was the prime Senate sponsor of landmark legislation for individuals with disabilities, the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE), allowing millions of families across the United States to save for the long term care of their loved ones with a disability in a tax-advantage savings account. The Associated Press hailed this legislation as “the most important new law for [those with disabilities] in 25 years.” Senator Casey believes that people with disabilities have a lot of ability and we must give those with disabilities the tools to succeed in the workforce and to live a full life.
V. R. Ferose
V. R. Ferose is the Senior Vice President, Head of Globalization Services, SAP SE. Based in Palo Alto, CA, Ferose is responsible for the adoption of SAP products worldwide through the delivery of solutions targeted at individual local markets. By providing functional localization, translation, product compliance, and product support across several countries, Ferose’s team enables SAP’s global footprint.
Ferose founded SAP’s Autism at Work (online) (.ppt) initiative after the diagnosis of his son. This groundbreaking program integrates people with autism into the workforce, and currently includes over 100 colleagues in Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Ireland, South Korea, and the United States.
View: Informational presentation on Autism at Work (ppt)
Award presented by Senator Tom Harkin
Senator Tom Harkin represented Iowa in the United States Congress for more than four decades. He served Iowa’s 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985 and was a U.S. Senator from 1985 to 2015. Harkin’s legislative policy priorities have included federal farm policy, civil rights for Americans with disabilities, childhood nutrition and food access, healthcare access and reform, labor issues, and access to and improvement of education. He lives in the house where he was born in Cumming, Iowa.