(Boston, MA)- On Tuesday October 14th at a special ceremony, The White House honored local "Disability Employment Champions of Change" who are doing extraordinary work to create employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Among those honored was Oz Mondejar, Senior Vice President of Mission and Advocacy at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network and Partners HealthCare at Home. Oz is one of just ten honorees from across the nation. The ceremony featured U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecelia Muñoz, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Jenny Yang, and other Senior Administration Officials.

Oz was recognized for his role in helping to create the Working Partners Program, a first of its kind public private partnership between Spaulding and Partners HealthCare at Home and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. The Working Partners Program was created to help remove barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature individuals doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. These Disability Employment Champions of Change distinguished themselves by making workplaces more accessible to strengthen the American economy. The event showcased these incredible leaders and their significant contributions to their communities.

Also joining Oz being recognized were David Bartage, the Plant Finance Manager for Procter & Gamble’s Tampax facility, John Ficca, Director of Hands On Educational Services, Dan Hromas a self-employed farmer of York Nebraska, Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Senior Director at Microsoft leading the Trusted Experiences Team (TExT), Angela Mackey a Human Resources Generalist at the Walgreens Distribution Center in Pendergrass, Georgia, Alexandra McArthur a Senior Associate Consultant with the Taproot Foundation’s Advisory Services Team, John Robinson, Managing Partner and CEO of Our Ability, Jennifer Rojas, Inclusion Manager for McLane Company, and Tim Springer, founder and CEO of SSB BART Group.

Read a post from Mondejar on the Champions of Change blog titled "Recruitment of All Abilities is Just Good Business."

About Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

A member of Partners HealthCare, The Spaulding Rehabilitation Network includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, its main campus the new 132-bed facility in Charlestown, which is a national model for environmental and inclusive design as well as Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, two long term care facilities Spaulding Hospital Cambridge and Spaulding Hospital North Shore in Salem and two skilled nursing facilities, as well as twenty three outpatient sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Spaulding strives to continually update and improve its programs to offer patients the latest, high-quality care through its leading, expert providers. Spaulding has been awarded a Model Systems designation in three specialty areas- Brain Injury, Burn Injury Rehabilitation, and  Spinal Cord Injury - by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Spaulding is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School as well as the official rehabilitation hospital of the New England Patriots. Spaulding is the only rehabilitation hospital in New England continually ranked since 1995 by U.S. News and World Report in its Best Hospitals survey with a #6 ranking in 2014-2015. For more information, please visit www.spauldingrehab.org.