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Celebrating 35 Years of Inclusive Employment

If you’re at all familiar with ADC, you know how seriously we take our responsibility to help others. Working to create a better world is a big part of our mission.

Thirty-five ago, we hired our first developmentally disabled employee. We were a tiny firm, employing fewer than 10, and had published an ad seeking help in our production department. The only candidate to show up was a young man named Glen who rode his bicycle seven miles to our offices. He gave Marc Blitstein, our President and CEO, a note written by his mom asking that we give him a chance. We did, and we’ve never looked back.

Today, we’re one of New York’s largest private employers of people with developmental disabilities, accounting for more than 10% of our workforce. This allows us to keep jobs in the U.S. while helping local adults find sustainable employment. These colleagues work in positions throughout production, maintenance, shipping, and quality control, and together represent more than 250 years of combined service to ADC.

Some have been placed here in cooperation with our long-time partner AHRC Suffolk. They do remarkable things like matching the right candidates to the opportunities available. AHRC also provides ongoing support and training to ensure the relationships remain strong and productive.

To learn more about this and our other commitments and collaborations on our Social Responsibility page, or check out the links below.

Video: 35 Years of Inclusive Employment

Here at ADC, we believe workplaces that welcome the talents of all people are critical to building an inclusive community and strong economy. That’s why we’re one of New York’s largest private employers of people with developmental disabilities, in departments including quality control, production, maintenance, and shipping. Learn more about our 35-year history of inclusive hiring.

Different Perspectives, Better Solutions

Odds are high that you’ve heard about Breast Cancer Awareness month, but there’s another awareness event in October that traces its roots a full 40 years earlier, to 1945. National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities, and ADC is proud to participate. Read more here.

The ADC and Els for Autism Partnership

In 2014, ADC developed a line of professional grade aneroid sphygmomanometers in support of the Els for Autism foundation and donates 10% from this product family towards the Els Center for Excellence. In 2022 we’ve expanded our Els line to include five light blue stethoscopes. View all of our autism awareness themed products here. To learn more about Els for Autism, visit www.elsforautism.org.