HDESD and Central Oregon Regional Program receive Workforce Inclusion Award

High Desert Education Service District News Item

High Desert ESD received an award this past week for “Best Supported Employment Position” in Deschutes County.  The ceremony was held at the Oxford Hotel to recognize business and community employers who hire adults with Developmental Disabilities.  Jayel Hayden, Theresa Layman and Lori Layton were present to accept this award on behalf of CORP and the ESD.

CORP began this supported employment position almost 20 years ago when we first provided student work placement for Kathy Martin to assist in the CORP office.  This placement transformed into a paid position over time.  Kathy continues to work in the CORP office and has been providing services for the ESD on site at Abilitree.

Kathy has had a positive impact on those of us who have been fortunate to work with her.  We are so pleased to have been able to continue supporting this position and have her on our ESD team.  Thank you to all who have helped maintain this position for Kathy.  This award is for us all.