Ceremony awards businesses, exceptional people with disabilities (video, photo gallery)

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The Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities – a program of ADRS – held a ceremony and reception Dec. 6 honoring the success and contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and recognized businesses that provide opportunities for successful employment for people with disabilities.

The event was in the Old Archives Chamber of the Alabama State Capitol.

Gov. Robert Bentley was on hand to congratulate the award recipients, who were selected from among more than a dozen local winners.

The winners are:

Advocate: Debbie Pace

Collaboration: Mobile Summer Work Program Team

Educator of the Year: Susan Alred

Large Business Employee: Yabathe Phillips

Large Business Employer: Beaulieu of America

Media: Cherokee County Herald

Partnership: Mobile Disabled Veterans Outreach Program

Public Service Award: The Honorable James Derek Peterson

Small Business Employee: Christopher Chavez

Small Business Employer: Western Sizzlin, Fort Payne

Student: Chelsea Rae Huggins

Youth Leadership Award: Curtis Taylor

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