Portland, OR. United Cerebral Palsy of Oregon & SW Washington (​UCP) honored business leaders committed to employing Oregonians who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities. The happy hour event on October 24th was held at The Armory. UCP Employment Solutions Director Melissa Miller posed with a group from Bridge Law including Partner Kelsyn Bevins, Jay, who is a Bridge Law supported employee, and Bridge Law Partner Lewis Farmer.

Ryan Farrow, Supported Employment Program Manager at CBRE, Nike Account

Travis Bernard, UCP Oregon Recruiter presents in one of three micro-workshops at the event.

Melissa Miller, UCP Employment Solutions with Kathy Allsworth, HR Manager with Fred Meyer receiving the Disability Leadership Award.

Fulcrum Fitness, Employer of the Year Award. Pictured: Owner, David Levy (Center), with supported employees, Henry, Serena, and Olivia.

Adam Hewitt, Employment Specialist with UCP Employment Solutions speaks to the group.

The happy hour event included micro-workshops to educate businesses interested in supported employment. Partnering for Easy Recruitment, The Etiquette of Inclusion, and Diverse Job Descriptions. More information about Employment Solutions can be found under Services at ucporegon.org.

From UCP Oregon:

UCP Oregon began in 1955 by supporting adults who experienced cerebral palsy. But today we do so much more than that! ​We assist adults and kids of all ages, who experience all kinds of developmental disabilities.

About Employment Solutions:

Employment Solutions is a service of UCP Oregon and has been connecting businesses with qualified candidates since its inception in 2006. Candidates are vetted to determine their best job match and supports are put into place to ensure employment success. Employment Solutions partners with hundreds of businesses in Portland, Clackamas, WA County and Hood River to increase diversity, productivity and profitability for local businesses. Some of the benefits of partnering with Employment Solutions are no-cost, on-site coaching, assistance with accommodations, and consultation on topics such as ADA compliance and filing tax credits. Our experienced team customizes the level of supports based on the needs of each business.​

About AbilityAware:

An AbilityAware employer is a community-focused business, committed to advancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and in turn cultivating a strong local economy. Employers have earned this designation and can proudly display the AbilityAware plaque and signage in their workplace. ​​Learn more about being an AbilityAware employer here.