Gatesway Foundation receives OK-APSE Awards
(Broken Arrow, OK) – The Gatesway Foundation was awarded three awards from the Oklahoma Association for Persons in Supported Employment (OK-APSE) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 at their annual conference held in Tulsa.
OK-APSE named the Gatesway Foundation their Supported Employment Agency of the Year, as well as honored Gatesway employee Mike Baker as their Employment Consultant of the Year. Preston Brown, an individual served by Gatesway, was named Supported Employee of the Year.
OK-APSE was founded in 1989 for the purpose of improving and expanding integrated employment opportunities, services and outcomes for persons with disabilities. OK-APSE promotes “best practices and ethical standards, in employment services through training, events and award programs, address issues that impede the inclusion of people with severe disabilities, educate communities on the advantages of diversity and hiring workers with disabilities, introduce and support legislation which enhances self sufficiency and full economic participation, and mentor people with disabilities and others as leaders and advocates.
The Gatesway Foundation is a non-profit Oklahoma agency based in Broken Arrow that has been a pioneer and leader in community based services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1963.
Keeping with its pioneering spirit, Gatesway was one of the agencies responsible for starting supported employment services in Oklahoma in 1985. Gatesway was a partner agency in the Oklahoma Supported Employment Project, a federally funded grant program with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and the University of Oklahoma.
Gatesway’s goal is to assure all people served acquire the living, vocational, and social skills necessary to become a vital part of their community. For more information about Gatesway, visit www.gatesway.org.