Orlando Science Center has been honored with the 2018 Employer of the Year Award from Best Buddies International’s chapter in Central Florida. The Science Center received the award Thursday, March 8 at the Dr. Phillips Charities headquarters, based on early commitment to the program and passion for Best Buddies’ mission.
Through its integrated employment programs, Best Buddies helps adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) prepare for and secure employment. Job mentors met with managers at Orlando Science Center to discuss potential opportunities, and Best Buddies program participants interviewed for their roles before they were hired.
Orlando Science Center currently employs two Best Buddies participants on staff, who help with theaters and greeting, and a third participant who serves as a volunteer in the exhibit halls. The Science Center is actively working on expanding the program to employ more Best Buddies participants in additional roles. Orlando Science Center also participates in the annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk.
“Our partnership with Best Buddies has been inspiring,” said Zach Lynn, Director of Volunteers and Engagement at Orlando Science Center. “We are able to provide meaningful opportunities to people in our community, and Best Buddies has helped us learn and grow in our goals for inclusion and accessibility.”
“Best Buddies is excited to honor the Orlando Science Center as Employer of the Year for its demonstrated commitment to promoting an inclusive and diverse workforce,” said Stephanie Snow, Jobs Program Supervisor at Best Buddies in Central Florida. “Having a job allows individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to integrate into the workforce where they can become independent, contributing members of society. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Orlando Science Center to create more employment opportunities for those with IDD for many years to come.”
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