Goodwill is proud to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. International Day of Person with Disabilities is a day that brings awareness for greater equality in all facets of economic, social, political, and cultural life through promoting the rights and well-being of persons with differing abilities. The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Person was declared in 1992 by the United Nationals General Assembly resolution 47/3. The theme for International Day of Person with Disabilities in 2021 is “Leadership and participation of person with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world.”
In accordance with the AbilityOne Program, Goodwill of Greater Washington services nine federal contract sites, with nearly 80 percent of all labor hours performed by Team Members with differing abilities. These contract services provide employment opportunities, including on-the-job training, a fair wage, and benefits for people with disabilities, while providing the Federal government with quality custodial, pest control, grounds maintenance, and glassware maintenance services.
Today we’d like to spotlight one of our incredible Contracts team members by sharing his inspirational personal story and celebrating his accomplishments.
Meet William Duquette. William is a Floor Tech at the United States Geological Survey (USGS), a Goodwill AbilityOne contract site. William graduated from Herndon High School in 2003 and has been with Goodwill for over 16 years.
What excites William most about his role is the opportunity to learn new things. “I enjoy working at Goodwill because it’s a great opportunity to learn how to use new cleaning equipment and become a more vocal team leader.”
William is also enrolled in The Rise Academy (TRAc), Goodwill’s internal training program that creates pathways for upward mobility for team members in our retail and contracts divisions, with access to management training opportunities and an aggressive career promotion opportunities plan. Williams’s favorite part of TRAc is his ability to complete the program while on the job and learn new ways to excel in his current role.
“I enjoy working at Goodwill because it’s a great opportunity to learn how to use new cleaning equipment and become a more vocal team leader.”
Outside of Goodwill, William enjoys volunteering his time as a Global Messenger with the Special Olympics. In doing so, William helps to spread the message and vision of the movement and the benefits they have gained by participating in the Special Olympics.
We want to thank William for his many years of dedication and service and for being such a valuable member of our AbilityOne team!
If you wish to learn more about International Day of Persons with Disabilities, please visit United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities.