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Mayor's Disability Award winners announced

Post Date:03/26/2019 3:30 PM
The 31st Annual Tempe Mayor's Disability Awards honored students, educators, businesses and community groups today for helping to make our city a more welcoming and inclusive place. Mayor Mark Mitchell proclaimed Tempe to be the first community in Arizona to be an Employment First city.

Employment First promotes competitive employment for everyone by recognizing the strengths of those with disabilities and finding employment that makes the best fit with those. The employment rate for people with developmental disabilities is substantially less than the nation average - it's about 28 percent.  

Tempe has seen an increase in employment of those with developmental disabilities because of its work in this area. The annual Deaf/Hard of Hearing and Disability Job Fair with Arizona@Work and Youth Mock Interview Appaloosa help people prepare to interview for and find jobs.

Awards were presented to several students, businesses and organizations. Please congratulate them on their accomplishments.

Outstanding Tempe Students

Madison Knowles, Tempe High School
Anthony Mendoza, Tempe High School
Emmanuel Navia, Tempe High School
Rafael Penate, Tempe High School
Nimo Guhad, Tempe High School
Mary Catherine Haynes, Believe I Can Academy
Sophie Stern, McClintock High School

Outstanding Youth

William Chapnek, Believe I Can Academy

Exceptional Educator Award

Michael Warner, Tempe High School

Employee of the Year

Joseph C. Steele III, City of Tempe Special Olympics / LEAP

Community Service Award

Jay Whipple, Tempe’s GRIC ADA Wayfinding Pilot

Tom Ringhofer Architectural Award

Jeffrey Sherman, Sherman Design Studios – Adapted Recreation Parcourse

Pride of the City

Paul Bennewitz, Sr.


Special thanks to this year's sponsors, Tempe Diablo Charities; Cole Design Group; Irene, Amy and Lynn Mochel; Stephanie Miller and Nancy Calfee; A Caring Heart of Arizona, LLC; Believe I Can Academy and the Schmidt Family.

council proclamation
Mayor Mark Mitchell with Councilmembers Robin Arredondo-Savage and Jennifer Adams  proclaimed Tempe to be the first community in Arizona to be an Employment First city. 

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