Pixel Tracker

Friday, December 14 , 2018, 4:37 pm | A Few Clouds 62º


Four Local Organizations Honored for Increasing Employment Access to People with Disabilities

12th Annual Mayor’s Awards Event Marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider awarded four local organizations for their efforts to increase access and facilitate employment for people with disabilities. The recipients were honored at this year’s 12th Annual Mayor’s Awards, a community breakfast event in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
La Cumbre Plaza received an award for design and accessibility for providing equal access and aesthetic access for people of all abilities. Fund for Santa Barbara received the Non-profit Award for being inclusive and respectful of people with disabilities in everything they do. Also receiving an award was Ramada Santa Barbara.

Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, center, with recipients of 12th Annual Mayor’s Awards. Click to view larger
Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider, center, with recipients of 12th Annual Mayor’s Awards. (Heather Wennergren)

GM Tom Patton accepted the Outstanding Effort Award for dedication to hiring and retaining employees with disabilities. The Employment/Accommodation Award went to Best Buy.

Jon Rosales meets challenges head-on. He's in a wheelchair due to his disability, but that does not slow him down. When he applied for a position at Best Buy, the store stepped right up and furnished him with state-of-the-art adaptive technology and modified his work area allowing him to get closer to the computer.

Now Rosales has the opportunity to provide others with the exemplary service he enjoyed as a customer.

“Having a job has changed my life,” Rosales said. "I just love the people I work with. They’re very caring, understanding and helpful. I love the fact that I don’t feel like I’m the oddball out; I feel I’m a part of the team.”
Employers interested in learning more about resources like job coaches or being part of the event should contact Heather Wennergren at [email protected]

— Heather Wennergren for Mayor's Awards event.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made using a credit card, Apple Pay or Google Pay, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments and a mailing address for checks.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Select your monthly membership
Or choose an annual membership

Payment Information

Membership Subscription

You are enrolling in . Thank you for joining the Hawks Club.

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover
One click only, please!

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.
You may cancel your membership at any time by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >

Meet Your Realtor Sponsored by Village Properties

Photo of Elizabeth Wagner
Elizabeth Wagner
"I consider myself to be an up front and honest agent and willing to talk my clients out of purchasing a property that isn’t right for them or won’t meet their needs in a year or two."

Full Profile >