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March 7, 2014, 10:57 am

Pam Schehl/News The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities kicked off Ability@Work Awareness Month with a luncheon at Mount Vernon Developmental Center and presented awards to some special people. First row, from left, Teresa Brown, Distinguished Service Award; and Katlyn James, Volunteer of the Year. Second row, from left, Valerie Hawk, Personal Achievement Award; Jerod Thomas, Support Professional of the Year; Patrick Lovell, Individual Achievement Award; and Kim Novak, accepting Partner of the Year Award on behalf of AVI Foodsystems at Kenyon College.

Pam Schehl/News The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities kicked off Ability@Work Awareness Month with a luncheon at Mount Vernon Developmental Center and presented awards to some special people. First row, from left, Teresa Brown, Distinguished Service Award; and Katlyn James, Volunteer of the Year. Second row, from left, Valerie Hawk, Personal Achievement Award; Jerod Thomas, Support Professional of the Year; Patrick Lovell, Individual Achievement Award; and Kim Novak, accepting Partner of the Year Award on behalf of AVI Foodsystems at Kenyon College. Buy Now

 

MOUNT VERNON — Ability@Work is this year’s theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and community leaders, employers, individuals with disabilities, school administrators, support staff, care givers, families and friends gathered Thursday to celebrate the positive roles people with disabilities play in our community and to applaud those who support them.

Dana Mattison, program director at Mount Vernon Developmental Center, which hosted the kickoff luncheon, talked about what a wonderful tradition the luncheon is. She pointed out the successful collaborative effort between MVDC and the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities which has created many opportunities for MVDC residents to participate in the community at large.

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