Nominations now being accepted for Colorado’s Disability Employment Awards

2017 Shining Stars of VR WinnersThe Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation are pleased to announce a call for nominations for awards the agency will present in October as part of National Disability Employment Month, celebrating the contributions of workers with disabilities.

Nominations for the Shining Stars of VR Awards will be accepted online through 5 pm on October 12th.  Awards will be presented to individuals and organizations in three categories. The awards will honor workers with disabilities, employers who have taken steps to provide employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and individuals or organizations that have made a positive impact on the quality of life for people with disabilities.

If you know a worker, a business, an individual or organization that has made a noteworthy contribution to the quality of life for people with a disability, this is an opportunity to recognize those achievements.

Nominate a Shining Star of VR

Worker Achievement

Nominees should be individuals who are achieving their employment goals and overcoming the challenges of an impairment (physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these.)

Outstanding Employer

The national unemployment rate for people without a disability is 4.2 percent.  For people with disabilities, it is 9.2 percent. The Outstanding Employer Award recognizes the business leaders, companies and organizations that are addressing that disparity.  These nominees have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving the availability and accessibility of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Community Partner or Advocate

These awards are presented to individuals or organizations that have made major contributions to improving the health and quality of life of people with disabilities through research, teaching, advocacy, or practice.

Questions about the nominating process can be directed to