This year during The Arc’s national convention, Acadia Windows and Doors won the Small Business Employer of the Year Award during The Arc’s inaugural Catalyst Awards Luncheon. These national awards were created to recognize individuals, businesses, and other organizations that are catalysts for achievement in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
“The avenue to true equality for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will not be paved by a single person or organization – but by thousands who share a vision and a passion. The Catalyst Awards gives us an opportunity to honor like-minded leaders in fields both inside and outside of our network who are trailblazing to make the future more inclusive.
“The honorees this year have done amazing work that aligns with The Arc’s mission. The goal of these awards is to inspire future advocacy and empower others to follow in the footsteps of these champions of inclusion,” said Peter V. Berns, CEO of The Arc.
Acadia Windows and Door’s philosophy and practice of hiring employees with differing abilities and giving individuals an opportunity to work and make a living to support themselves has created a diverse and stable workforce. It has also led to a safer working environment for all of their employees, earning them safety awards. The leadership of this organization provide a sought-after example of excellence in supported employment throughout Maryland and the nation.