Brevard Achievement Center Celebrates the 3rd Annual

Employ, Empower: Achieve (E2A) Community Awards on October 23rd, 2019

Brevard Achievement Center, an organization that supports and advocates for individuals with varying abilities, celebrated community members and organizations who are champions for inclusion in the workplace.

The third annual Employ, Empower: Achieve (E2A) Awards was held on October 23rd at 8:30am at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place. Guests celebrated individuals and organizations across Brevard that have created opportunities for persons with disabilities to achieve personal success.

Through partnerships with our Community Champions and federal customers, in the past year Brevard Achievement Center has  supported nearly 1,200 individuals with disabilities and veterans in accessing jobs and other employment opportunities.

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the following awards were given at this year’s ceremony:

Employ, Empower Award – 2019 Honoree: Lotane & Associates, P.A.
Recognizes organizations that create work opportunities in the community for people with disabilities.

Previously presented to the Brevard County Clerk of Court and USSSA.

Moving Forward Award – 2019 Honoree: South Brevard Society for Human Resource Management
Recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made special efforts to assist people with disabilities in gaining new skills or improving access to employment opportunities.

Previously presented to the Brevard Zoo and Kennedy Space Center’s DAAWG (Disability Awareness and Action Working Group)

Believe and Achieve Award – 2019 Honoree: Eric Emerick
Recognizes individuals with disabilities who have made significant personal strides in achieving success in work and/or life.

PreviouslyPresented to Karen Kirkland of Carr, Riggs & Ingram and Jennifer Cleveland of Inner Sight Yoga.

“Every year, we reflect on the partnerships with businesses and individuals that have chosen to help move the needle to employ, empower and inspire individuals with disabilities,” stated Amar Patel, President & CEO. “We are excited to have this platform to acknowledge these major contributions and celebrate the real impact that they have had in the everyday lives of the people we assist.”

Keynote Speaker Jesse A. Saperstein is a best-selling author, motivational speaker and vocal advocate for people with disabilities. He is considered one of the most respected leaders in the Anti-Bullying movement of his generation. Jesse also has a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome (AS).

Jesse has conquered the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail, completed a skydiving jump, donated blood during a live telecast and addressed global delegates at the United Nations in his efforts to raise awareness for the causes he is passionate about. Sigourney Weaver and Dr. Temple Grandin are among his biggest fans.

Kelly is 13 years old and currently in 7th grade. She performed “Never Enough” from “The Greatest Showman” at Wednesday’s Employ Empower Achieve (E2A) Community Awards in front of a crowd of 175+ people.

Kelly also has Autism and had to overcome her fear of crowds in order to perform concerts of her own. She hopes one day to perform at the Disney parks.

 

Special Thanks to our Event Sponsors: 

Southern Janitor Supply, Inc.

Bellus Insurance Services

Artemis IT | AVCON | C&S Companies | McGriff Insurance Services | w+j Construction

Florida Power and Light

ADI Contracting | Florida Health Care Plans | Health First | jCARES | Livingston Foundation | ME Construction | Southeast Petro

Carr Riggs & Ingram CPAs and Advisors | Bansbach Easylift | Coastal Life Properties | Deininger Benefits Advisors | Don, Chevyoune & Michaela Wood | DSK Law | FordHarrison LLP | Frog Bones | Gimex USA | Lotane & Associates, P.A. | Rock Paper Simple | Schlenker Automotive | South Brevard Society for Human Resources Management | The Viera Company