Michele Ford, President & CEO, Inroads To Opportunities, Guests on NJBIZ Conversations

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  • Newark, NJ (1888PressRelease) November 01, 2022 - Michele Ford, President & CEO, Inroads to Opportunities, was recently featured on NJBIZ Conversations with Host Jeffery Kanige. Inroads to Opportunities is a Union County, NJ, based non-profit human services agency that provides programs and services to individuals with disabilities ranging in age from 16 to retirement.

    In a wide-ranging conversation, Ford discussed the importance of National Disability Employment Month, which falls each year in October. Ford emphasized the importance of more recognition for National Disability Employment Month.

    According to Ford, “We are the most diverse and inclusive group of people. Employers should start to recognize it's much easier now after COVID with all the flexibility we are adding to the workspace to not be afraid to take a chance on someone with a disabling condition.” As the conversation continued, Ford was able to outline the benefits individuals with disabilities bring to the workforce.

    With over 35 years of experience, Ford has made a tremendous impact on the lives of employees and participants in the Inroads to Opportunities program. Demonstrating selflessness and compassion, Ford has dedicated her life to support individuals with disabilities.

    Within the last year, Ford has been recognized as a ‘2022 NJBIZ ICON’ by NJBIZ, the Shero Award given by the Union County Board of Commissioners with as well as receiving the ‘Inventive Leader in Adult Services, Courage and Compassion Award’ presented by the NJ Association of Mental Health & Addiction Agencies (NJAMHAA).

    To listen to the interview, please click here: https://bit.ly/3f0GR1m

    For over 35 years, Michele has dedicated her life to serving the needs of individuals with disabilities. A life-long advocate, Michele has been a champion for this most vulnerable population by serving on Union County Non-Profit Consortium, Union County Crisis Consortium and most recently addressing members of the US Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness of choice in defense of employment options for individuals with disabilities.

    NJBIZ, New Jersey’s leading business journal, produces a weekly print edition as well as g 24/7 business news coverage .The publication is also well-known throughout the state for its events honoring New Jersey’s top business professionals.

    Since 1959, Inroads to Opportunities, formerly the Occupational Center of Union County, has provided programs and services to over 400 individuals each year with all types of disabilities and ranging in age from 16 through retirement. Programs and services include vocational preparation, transition from school to work, job placement and mental health services.

    Inroads to Opportunities is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an approved provider of the NJ Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Commission of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Inroads is licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Human Resources, NJ Division of Mental Health, and Addiction Services to provide partial care and Division of Developmental Disabilities to provide Day Habilitation Services. Inroads is an approved Medicaid provider and an approved Employment Network under the Ticket to Work Social Security initiative.

    Media Contact:
    Amy Delman
    Amy Delman Public Relations, LLC
    amydelmanpr ( @ ) verizon dot net

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