Acadia Windows and Doors is a pioneer in employing people with I/DD in Maryland. The business has been partnering with The Arc of Northern Chesapeake to employ people with I/DD and educate other employers throughout the state about supporting employees with disabilities.
Acadia Windows and Doors has created a work environment that is inclusive, equitable and promotes independence while providing a safe and productive working environment. Each employee is paid a commensurate wage and benefits for the work they perform. Individuals with I/DD are included in staff meetings, trainings and plant discussions, and their input is important. Accommodations have been made to promote independence within the manufacturing plant. For example, the work space for an employee who is legally blind and has an I/DD was re-oriented and moved to the front of the plant so she could access the lunch room and restrooms without assistance.
Acadia Windows and Door’s philosophy and practice of hiring employees with differing abilities and giving individuals an opportunity to work and make a living to support themselves has created a diverse and stable workforce. It has also led to a safer working environment for all of their employees, earning them safety awards. The leadership of this organization provide a sought-after example of excellence in supported employment throughout Maryland and the nation.