The 13th annual Mayors Committee for People with Disabilities Walk and Roll was held earlier this month in downtown Spartanburg. More than 600 individuals marched one mile from Morgan Square to the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium where a celebration that included all school districts was held.
This year's theme was "Empowering All: Embrace Your Super Hero" and a students were treated to presentations by teachers dressed as Wonder Woman, Batman, and the Hulk. Many other teachers, also dressed as superheroes, mingled with students in the audience.
Spartanburg Mayor Junie White opened the celebration by proclaiming October National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, followed by the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind chorus singing and signing. Dycos Services, a company within the RiteAid Distribution Center, was recognized as the Governor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities Large Employer of the Year award winner. John Henry Jones, former VR consumer, was also recognized for Individual Achievement.
The Walk and Roll is held annually during National Disabilities Awareness Month, a national campaign that celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and emphasizes the importance of ensuring that all Americans have access to the services and supports to work.
This year's Walk and Roll sponsors included City of Spartanburg, Denny’s, Dycos, JM Smith Foundation, Krispy Kreme, Mary Black Foundation, Rite Aid, SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department, Spartanburg Regional Foundation, Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute, Spinx, and Upstate Workforce Investment Board.