Each May, community members and businesses from Savannah and surrounding areas gather for one of the happiest and inspiring nights of the year – Low Country Down Syndrome Society’s Night of Champions.
Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, Night of Champions showcases the talent, abilities, and value that people with IDD bring to the workforce, organizations – including EmployAbility – that help facilitate Supported Employment, and employers, who give firsthand accounts of the tremendous benefits of workforce diversity. In addition to celebrating workers and employers, Night of Champions is a great way to introduce new employers to the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.
2019 Champion Meghan Mayle, who works at Bubba Gumbo’s Seafood, shared powerful words about the impact of her job on her life. “Having a job is so very important. It makes me feel useful and needed. It makes me feel proud of myself,” she wrote. “When I didn’t have a job, I was sad all the time; and now I smile all the time. Being named a champion is such a great honor, but the real champions are my bosses, who took the chance on me and gave me my life back.”
EmployAbility is proud to be the Savannah area’s oldest Supported Employment provider, working alongside organizations like LDSS to create a community that values all abilities.
Because of your support, EmployAbility is able to serve more than 220 individuals with IDD who are working or actively looking for employment in Chatham, Effingham, and Bryan Counties.