13th Annual Employment Awards Luncheon

Maryland Works Annual Employment Awards Luncheon has become Maryland's premier event to recognize and celebrate the employment and entrepreneurial achievements of people with disabilities. The event also emphasizes the importance of a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce.

This year's event will be held on Tuesday, November 22, at the Marriott BWI Airport Hotel. Due to COVID, the event has been on hold for the past two (2) years, so we are extremely excited to be able to celebrate and recognize Marylanders for their successes once again. In 2019 this event was attended by more than 300 people from all over the state.

As we come to what is hopefully the end of the pandemic, it is time that we re-set and re-focus our efforts on being truly inclusive and provide opportunities to all. Marylanders should be proud of the progress made towards increased access and success in employment of individuals with disabilities. Great strides have been achieved in employment and business ownership among people with disabilities, but we still have a long way to go. People with disabilities continue to experience some of the highest levels of discrimination, which leads to unemployment and underemployment.

The Employment Awards Luncheon not only provides an opportunity to celebrate successes achieved through our collective efforts; it also raises awareness to the barriers faced by individuals with a disability and sets the stage for future efforts towards employment and self-sufficiency.

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Keynote Speaker

Ryan Niemiller - from America's Got Talent

You may know Ryan Niemiller as the disarmingly handsome comedian and 3rd place finalist from America's Got Talent Season 14. Despite being born with a disability in both arms, Ryan shares his views of the world from the perspective of the disabled (and very handsome). Ryan began his comedy career in Los Angeles, California, and hasn’t looked back since. He's a favorite performer in clubs and colleges across the country. His comedy covers topics such as dating, trying to find employment and attempting to find acceptance in a world not designed for him. With his quick wit, good looks, great timing, and a gimmick that only he can exploit, Ryan hopes to prove to the comedy world that he may be unarmed, but he is dangerous. And handsome - in case you missed it the first three times.

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This project was supported in part by grant number CFDA 93.960, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.