WORK Inc. visits Capitol Hill

Advocating for employment of individuals with disabilities.

 Cheryl Buckman, Michael Buckman, and Andrea Mitsch 

Cheryl Buckman, Michael Buckman, and Andrea Mitsch 

During the week of June 11, WORK Inc. AVP of Communications, Andrea Mitsch and Ability One employee Michael Buckman spent a few days in Washington D.C. meeting with Massachusetts Legislators to express the importance of employment for individuals with disabilities.  Michael, is a long time employee of WORK Inc.’s Ability One program beginning right out of high school.  For the past 17 years, Michael has been working in the custodial departments of the John W McCormick Building, Volpe Transportation Building and currently at the Capt. John F. William U.S. Coast Guard Station. 

 L-R: Congressman Moulton, Michael Buckman and Andrea Mitsch 

L-R: Congressman Moulton, Michael Buckman and Andrea Mitsch 

During his time in Washington, Michael had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and Massachusetts Senators to discuss his experience of having a job through the Ability One program and the importance that individuals with disabilities have the same opportunities.  “My disability does not define me, I am a person first.”  By having the opportunity to work and earn a paycheck, Buckman is able to support his wife and son and create a life that he wants them to have.  Buckman also expressed to the Legislators that he was not only advocating for himself and the gratitude he has for having a job through the Abilitiy One program, but he wants to make sure that his son, who also has disabilities, will have employment opportunities when he is older.   “I am laying down the roadway to ensure my son has employment opportunities.  People with disabilities are people first and should not be treated differently.” Stated Buckman. 

After his day on the Hill meeting with various members, Michael stated, “I was here to make some noise and that is what I did.”