St. Clairsville — The BHN Alliance (Belmont-Harrison-Noble County Boards of Developmental Disabilities) has been recognized by a statewide organization for its efforts in 2013 to promote employment for people with developmental disabilities.
Ohio Public Images bestowed an Award of Merit in the Outstanding Collaboration category to the BHN Alliance on March 10 during the winter conference of the Ohio Superintendents of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities in Columbus.
The award recognized a Fall 2013 Employment First Awareness Campaign that focused on the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities. The campaign featured print, broadcast and outdoor advertising across the three counties. It culminated in a luncheon with invited guests U.S. Congressman Bill Johnson and State Rep. Jack Cera and State Rep. Andy Thompson, who heard about the importance of employment from several workers with disabilities employed in the community and their employers.
“Having a job is important to the people we support, so creating an effective awareness campaign around employment was extremely important to us,” said Pamela McCort, Communications Coordinator for the BHN Alliance. “This statewide award was an unexpected outcome of the campaign and we are extremely pleased to be honored in this way.”
Ohio Public Images is a non-profit organization that promotes positive images of people with developmental disabilities. OPI sponsors the annual Public Awareness Awards in an effort to recognize the people and organizations throughout Ohio who have succeeded in creating a greater understanding of people with developmental disabilities. The awards are judged by professionals in the communications and other related fields.