October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, but people with disabilities have to overcome barriers every day. During the month of October, we celebrate the many successful ways they have overcome barriers to employment.

As part of the awareness campaign, Kennedy Employment Services, a division of The Kennedy Center, will be conducting a sensitivity training session on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. at Westfield Trumbull mall that is open to the public.

See how well you perform a task with a temporary disability with this interactive exercise. It is organized by Kennedy Employment Services, a division of The Kennedy Center. Sign up for an activity! See how well you can perform a task after they equip you with a challenge and you have a temporary disability, such as hearing impaired, intellectual disability or physical disability. The activities are intended to give participants of all ages the “feel” of what it is like to have certain disabilities.

“We are fortunate to have Westfield host this community service event for us for the fourth year in a row,” said Joan Nassef, marketing and employer relations manager at Kennedy Employment Services. “Through Westfield’s generosity, we have educated thousands of individuals as well as area employers. Our goal is to foster a greater understanding of some of the challenges individuals overcome to be successful in the workplace. We look forward to educating the public during Disability Awareness Month.”

One exemplary company that hired a person with a disability deserves recognition. Vitec Videocom found an outstanding new employee when it hired Jeff Prushko of Shelton. The company’s North American headquarters is also located in Shelton and employs more than 100 people. Vitec Videocom is known as a market leader in broadcast, movie and pro-video products.

In the summer of 2013, Prushko began working at the company as an intern in inside sales promotion. His previous work at the Jewish Community Center, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Tru-Pru as a customer service manager prepared him for his next career step.

Since he was such an amazing intern, the company offered him a permanent position as inside sales coordinator. His responsibilities include checking stock availability and back orders, assisting the sales staff, and dealing with customers. One of the most exciting parts of his job is selling products to rental houses and networks such as CNN, ABC and NBC. According to Sally Sachse, sales support manager of Vitec Videocom, “I have big plans for Jeff. He is great worker, a high performer and very bright. Everyone loves working with him. He is truly an asset to our company.

Prushko added, “The staff is great. Everyone was very welcoming, open-minded and willing to help. I am very happy at Vitec Videocom and am here to stay.”

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