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Central Coast Local, Marshall Huffer, Advocates for Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Marshall Huffer Selected by National Organization to Represent the Central Coast of California in Advocating for People with Disabilities

Marshall Huffer was among 50 individuals selected from across the nation to attend the annual SourceAmerica® Grassroots Advocacy Conference.

During the virtual event, Marshall Huffer spent five days sharing his employment story and meeting with members of Congress to advocate for better job opportunities for people with disabilities. Among those he met with is Congressman Salud Carbajal.

“People with disabilities are not all like.  We have different abilities and interests. We can do a good job if given the chance.  Because of VTC and The Ability One Program, I had the confidence to take classes at our community college and have a job I love to go to everyday,” said Marshal Huffer Graphics Designer VTC Enterprises.
SourceAmerica®, a leading job creator for people with disabilities, and VTC Enterprises selected Marshall Huffer because of his extensive experience advocating in both Sacramento, California and Washington D.C.

“We are thrilled that Marshall agreed to represent VTC at this year’s grassroots event. Through his advocacy efforts over the years, he has created personal connections with elected officials and members of their staff, making him an invaluable advocate for individuals with disabilities,” said Jason Telander, CEO VTC Enterprises.

The annual SourceAmerica® Grassroots Advocacy conference brings nonprofit agency leaders and employees from across the United States to meet with members of Congress. Attendees discussed barriers to employment in their communities and how the AbilityOne® Program, one of the largest sources of employment for people who are blind or have significant disabilities in the United States, has played a role in their employment journey.

“By empowering these talented individuals to share their stories, we can create change for people with disabilities nationwide,” said Richard Belden, Interim President and CEO of SourceAmerica®. “We look forward to connecting and advocating alongside this year’s attendees because we know that together we can achieve more.”

The five-day Grassroots virtual conference took place April 26-30, 2021.
VTC Enterprises is a private nonprofit organization in northern Santa Barbara County started in 1961 and incorporated in 1962 by a group of Santa Maria Valley parents who wanted local services for their sons and daughters with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/D). The purpose of our organization is to provide life skills training, job skills training and employment opportunities to people with significant disabilities to fulfil our mission to assist them to achieve their life goals. Our objectives are to help participants increase their self-awareness, knowledge, interests, skills, potential, independence, and community engagement. The outcome our organization is trying to attain is full participation and inclusion in society for individuals with ID/D.