Zivolich Receives Leadership Award for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

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The California chapter of TASH (The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps) honored Steve Zivolich, executive director of Integrated Resources Institute, with the 2010 Leadership Inclusion Award. The award ceremony took place as part of the 28th Annual California TASH conference, held in San Francisco on March 5-6, 2010. The conference is regarded as a foremost meeting place for the leading professionals and consumers in the areas of school, community and work inclusion of persons with the most significant disabilities. The special inclusion leadership award is presented in the memorial honor of Bill Rosenberg, an early and important advocate for community work inclusion of persons with disabilities.

"We are delighted that Steve Zivolich has received this accolade and been recognized for his important leadership in the area of inclusion of persons with the most significant disabilities into the workforce..."

The California chapter of TASH (The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps) honored Steve Zivolich, executive director of Integrated Resources Institute (http://www.irimentorworks.org/) , with the 2010 Leadership Inclusion Award. The award ceremony took place as part of the 28th Annual California TASH conference, held in San Francisco on March 5-6, 2010. The conference is regarded as a foremost meeting place for the leading professionals and consumers in the areas of school, community and work inclusion of persons with the most significant disabilities. The special inclusion leadership award is presented in the memorial honor of Bill Rosenberg, and early and important advocate for community work inclusion of persons with disabilities.

"We are delighted that Steve Zivolich has received this accolade and been recognized for his important leadership in the area of inclusion of persons with the most significant disabilities into the workforce. This award is a great acknowledgment of his outstanding demonstration research, efforts and commitment to promoting innovative community work opportunities for adults and transitioning aged students with disabilities. It also affirms our commitment to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities into our communities," said Joseph Nacario, Program Director at Integrated Resources Institute (IRI).

"This is a tremendous achievement for our non-profit organization and we are especially honored to receive the recognition from California TASH, the leading organization for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. This reflects the high quality of leadership by Steve and IRI, which have been previously recognized for facilitating the nation’s largest work initiatives for persons with disabilities in collaboration with several corporations such as: Pepsico, Pizza Hut, Brinker International, DAKA, Universal Studios and PetCo.," said Dr. Jan Weiner, Board of Director at IRI.

During the conference, Steve Zivolich, delivered a speech on developing work opportunities for persons with disabilities in tough economic times. Dr. Jan Weiner, an IRI board of director and Joseph Nacario the IRI program director, co-presented on the same topic of work inclusion for person with disabilities.

About Integrated Resources Institute

Integrated Resources Institute is one of the premier job development non-profits for persons with significant disabilities. Integrated Resources Institute is dedicated to the full inclusion of persons with disabilities into their community. Now in its 25th year, IRI is a state and federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charity governed by a volunteer board.

Through its MentorWorks program, IRI has facilitated over 20,000 community job placements for persons with disabilities in the US and Australia. Based on these successful outcomes, IRI has been awarded several local, state, federal and international grants. National and international corporate initiatives have included: Pizza Hut, Brinker International, Fuddruckers, Pet-Co, Coors, Carls Jr., California Restaurant Association, Steve’s Pizza and Universal Studios Hollywood

IRI was founded by Steve Zivolich in Orange County, California in 1984. Since that time he has received local, state, national and international recognition for his leadership and research efforts for the integration and employment of persons with significant disabilities. He currently serves as the CEO for the Integrated Resources Institute Board of Directors.

For more information regarding Integrated Resources Institute / MentorWorks, please call
(714)-619-7973 or visit http://www.irimentorworks.org/

About TASH

TASH is an international grassroots leader in advancing inclusive communities through research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH is a volunteer-driven organization that advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with the most significant disabilities and support needs -- those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization. The inclusive practices, validated through research have been shown to improve outcomes for all people.

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