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Governor’s Committee on People With Disabilities announces 2018 Lex Friedman Employment Awards winners

The Office of the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities announces the winners of the 2018 Lex Frieden Employment Awards (LFEA). Named for Texas disability rights champion Lex Frieden, the awards are bestowed upon Texans who have displayed a commitment to empowering their employees, co-workers, and fellow Texans with disabilities.

In his 2018 Texas Disability Employment Awareness Month Proclamation, Governor Abbott said, “An important part of the Texas workforce is Texans with disabilities, who make invaluable contributions to Texas employers. We must engage in disability employment awareness to ensure that all Texans have the equal opportunity to contribute to the workforce that is the backbone of our great state’s robust economy.”

2018 Lex Frieden Employment Award Winners:

The Governor’s Trophy: Laura Warren, Founder and Executive Director of Parent to Parent (Austin)
Entrepreneur of the Year: Austin Underwood, (Fort Worth)
Large Employer: WinCo Foods (Denton)
Medium Employer: Axium Solar (Plano)
Small Employer: Walgreens Store #6753 (El Paso)
Non-Profit Employer: Hugs Café (McKinney)
Martha Arbuckle Award: The University of Texas at Arlington’s Disability Programs

The winners of the 2018 Lex Frieden Employment Awards will be honored at a ceremony co-hosted by the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and the City of Plano. The ceremony will be held on October 24, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Plano Events Center. To register for the award ceremony, visit LFEA Registration. The keynote speaker for this event is José H. Velasco, Vice-President of Products and Innovation and leads the SAP Autism at Work program in the Americas.

Congratulations to all of the 2018 Lex Frieden Employment Award winners.

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