Local AbilityOne Employee Heads To DC to Tell his Story

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Prince William County resident Sungho Ahn currently works for Global Connections to Employment in Lorton. Sungho will join advocates from 50 other nonprofit agencies from across the nation in Washington, D.C. for the SourceAmerica Grassroots Advocacy Conference. The conference is an effort for growing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Sungho, who is employed under the AbilityOne program, is deaf, and will take part in SourceAmerica training sessions on how to share stories and help with the advocacy effort.  Following the training session, Sungho will join nonprofit leaders, other self-advocates and family members to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill and share personal stories that illustrate the importance and growing need for employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Power of Inclusion Every Job. Every Story. Everyone.” SourceAmerica engages in a variety of grassroots advocacy activities aimed at educating members of Congress about the need for increased employment options for people with disabilities. Leading up to the event, nonprofit agencies from across the nation took part in SourceAmerica training sessions for nonprofit leaders, self-advocates and their family members on how to share stories and help with the advocacy effort.

“SourceAmerica’s Grassroots Advocacy Conference brings together people whose lives are impacted by the disability employment decisions our legislators make. It’s a powerful opportunity for them to share their stories and make their voices heard,” said SourceAmerica President and CEO Vincent Loose. “Self-advocates and their families will highlight how the right job adds fulfillment to their lives. Each story has the potential to influence change for inclusion and more job opportunities for people with disabilities.”

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