USOR 100 – Spotlight on Employee Excellence: Albert Farley

Albert Farley has been a USOR Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for more than 18 years and currently works in the Salt Lake District Office. Albert enjoys working with all of his clients and has helped many individuals with disabilities achieve and maintain gainful employment. He works well with individuals with criminal backgrounds, and he has formed strong relationships with the Utah State Department of Corrections and the Salt Lake County Jail in assisting those individuals with support in regards to their careers.

Albert also provides exceptional outreach to Utah’s Native American people with disabilities, providing assistance with advocacy and employment. One example of Albert’s dedication and commitment to serving his clients was showcased during the COVID-19 pandemic when Albert organized several food drives, including gathering essential resources, and transported the donated items to reservations in the Mountain West.

We are grateful for his hard work and dedication to serving our clients throughout Utah, and for his wry humor that makes us all laugh everyday. Above all, we are grateful for the willingness he shows in assisting his team members in any way he can. More...

USOR 100 – Spotlight on Employee Excellence: Beth Bartholomew

Beth Bartholomew has worked for the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) for 28 years. She is currently a Pre-Employment Transition Specialist in the Central Utah District, and previously served as an Office Specialist and Rehabilitation Tech in the Provo District.

She has an amazing ability to connect with a variety of people with disabilities — especially youth — and always goes out of her way to make sure they have the support and services they need to achieve success. More...

Utah Employers Recognized for Commitment to Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans in the Workplace

Twelve local businesses, agencies and advocates received Golden Key Awards today for exceeding standards in recruiting, hiring and retaining practices for individuals with disabilities and veterans. The Utah Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities and Department of Workforce Services’ Utah State Office of Rehabilitation presented the awards during a virtual Disability:IN Utah event.

The event featured keynote speaker Stephani Victor, a five-time Paralympic medalist, actress and film director. Victor praised today’s winners for their commitment to inclusivity: “COVID hit and here we are, trying to still connect and recognize the great efforts of providing employment first of all in a time where millions of people are losing their jobs and specifically for including people with disabilities. …When you adapt and when you collectively adapt together you build resilience; you build a community that is just and kind.”

Every year award recipients are nominated by their peers, employees and community partners for making the commitment to support people with disabilities and veterans through employment, including recruitment, training and workplace accommodations. More...