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KeyBank Recognized for Welcoming Employees with Disabilities

Posted November 01, 2016 in Press Releases

KeyBank Recognized for Welcoming Employees with Disabilities

(Oct. 11, 2016) Cleveland, OH- Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP), a Northeast Ohio non-profit organization serving people with disabilities, will present their inaugural Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award to local employer KeyBank in recognition of their outstanding commitment to welcoming employees with disabilities. The 2016 Workplace Diversity and Inclusion award will be presented in person to representatives of KeyBank at LEAP’s 35th Anniversary Celebration to be held Thursday, Oct. 13 from 5-8 PM at the Breen Center in Ohio City.

Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP) recognizes KeyBank for their commitment to hiring, supporting and accommodating people with disabilities in their workplace, and for the value they continually place on creating a culture of learning and inclusion at Key. LEAP salutes KeyBank for continually building this culture by proactively recruiting, hiring and developing people with differing abilities, and training both management and staff on best practices designed to foster diversity and inclusion in their workplace.

Poppie M. Parish, KeyBank Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, will accept the award on behalf of KeyBank. “KeyBank is humbled to receive LEAP’s Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award. Key has long-recognized that diversity and inclusion are crucial to creating a dynamic and fulfilling professional environment. Partnerships with organizations like LEAP serve as tent poles to our inclusive workplace, one where diversity among employees drives innovation, improves self-confidence, and inclusion helps shape a better future.”

Founded more than 30 years ago by people with disabilities, LEAP serves over 1,700 individuals annually, and works to promote social change to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities. By offering an array of comprehensive services, LEAP assists people with disabilities in living independently in their own homes, participating in recreation and community life, and finding and maintaining suitable employment.

LEAP is a federally recognized Center for Independent Living (CIL). CILs are non-residential places of action and coalition where persons with disabilities learn and develop necessary skills, empowering them to make their own life choices. In addition, LEAP is accredited by CARF International, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, which is the major international accrediting agency for health and human service providers. To learn more about the many programs and services provided by LEAP to persons with disabilities, visit LEAP: or call 216.696.2716.

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