East Coast Rehab and Home Depot Receive 2009 Employer of the Year Awards



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Grace Lynch, Communications Manager
Division of Aging and Adult Services
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November 20, 2009

News Highlights

  • East Coast Rehab and Home Depot received the Martha Glennan 2009 Employer of the Year Awards from the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board
  • These awards are presented each year to county businesses that encourage inclusion in their workforce and provide excellent customer service to people with disabilities.

Two Local Businesses - East Coast Rehab and Home Depot -
Receive 2009 Employer of the Year Awards
from the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board

East Coast Rehab and Home Depot received the Martha Glennan 2009 Employer of the Year Awards from the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board during an evening ceremony at the Fairfax County Government Center ceremony on November 17.

These awards are presented each year to county businesses that encourage inclusion in their workforce and provide excellent customer service to people with disabilities.

“We are proud to acknowledge these businesses for their practices in hiring, retaining, and promoting employees with disabilities,” said Michele Hymer Blitz, chairman of the board. “Employing people with disabilities isn’t just a matter of complying with the law, it makes good business sense as well,” she added.

Rodney Phillips accepted the award on behalf of Home Depot from Disability Services Board member Tom Choman. John Buchbach accepted the award for East Coast Rehab from Robert Rudney, co-chairman of the board’s employment committee.

East Coast Rehab builds customized wheelchairs and equipment that removes barriers for persons with disabilities so that they can function independently at work and at home. Most of its employees have physical disabilities.

Home Depot was recognized for its inclusive personnel polices as well as for its work promoting universal design – design that creates accessibility for all people. The company publishes resources and provides classes on building with universal design principles. Home Depot also works with the county’s Building for All Committee to promote universal design initiatives.

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook attended the event.

Disability Services Planning and Development is part of the Department of Family Services. For more information, visit our Web page or call 703-324-5421 or TTY 703-449-1186.

The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board’s 15 members are appointed by elected officials of Fairfax County and the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax. Its mission is to include people with disabilities into mainstream community life by identifying, communicating and advocating their diverse capabilities and needs to state and local governments and the private sector; and to help and provide resources to meet the needs of persons with physical and sensory disabilities.

Martha Glennan was a disabilities activist and served as the first chairperson of the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board in 1992.


Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call Department of Family Services' Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-5411, TTY 703-449-1186.

Department of Family Services
Division of Aging and Adult Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1104

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