Thanks 5K for Abilities Participants & Supporters!

collage of pictures from 5K for Abilities - walkers, runners, and Mayor BackusOn May 18th, Skills Inc. partnered with the City of Auburn to host the 2nd Annual 5K for Abilities. Hundreds of participants joined us for a beautiful and fun filled morning while we increased disability awareness, built community relationships, and celebrated people of all abilities.

We were honored to have so many community members and partners show their support, including Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus who started the race off. A big thanks to all that helped make this event such a success!

View race results, finish line photos and/or download event photos. We hope you’ll join us for the next 5K for Abilities on May 9th, 2020.


Gold & Silver Sponsors

Boeing Logo

Logo: Center for Advanced Manufacturing
First Choice Health LogoLogo: RBC Royal Bank


Association of Washington Business
MultiCare Connected Care
Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
The Arc of King County
USI Insurance Services

Affiliated Partners

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)   |   Archbright  |   AtWork!
Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce   |   Bridgeways   |   Cares of Washington   |   Chinook Enterprises
Community Employment Alliance (CEA)   |   Enumclaw School District   |   Federal Way Public Schools
Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC)   |   Lighthouse for the Blind   |   My Team Triumph
Northwest Center   |   Orion Industries   |   Orting School District   |   Pioneer Human Services
PROVAIL   |   SKCAC Industries   |   Skookum Contract Services   |   Trillium Employment Services
Washington State Business Leadership Network    |   WA Department of Services for the Blind
WA Division of Vocational Rehabilitation   |   Work Force Development Center   |   White River School District
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County   |   WorkSource Seattle-King County


EARN: A Free Resource for Employers

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity by educating public and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures. EARN offers information and resources to empower individuals and organizations to become leaders in the employment and advancement of people with disabilities.

EARN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. Learn more on their website.

Celebrating American Workers with Disabilities

Postcard: It's About Abilities, an inclusive workforce is a strong workforce. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. At Skills Inc., inclusion works every day. #NDEAMSkills Inc. is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October since 1945, NDEAM aims to educate employers about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of American workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”

For over 50 years, Skills Inc. has been a leader in inclusion and disability employment by focusing on the strengths and abilities of our workforce. We take great pride in serving our community while supplying quality goods and services to the aerospace and technology sectors.

Skills Inc. encourages all employers to embrace diversity while promoting a culture of inclusion so that everyone can thrive. Take part in NDEAM by participating in one or more of the below events. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, (ODEP) website also provides various ways to celebrate the month, including “31 Days of NDEAM – What you CAN do!“.


Dates to Note:

12 Week Online edX Course: Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition for hiring managers and recruiters. Self-paced course by Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School.

Every Tue., 11am-12pm PDT
Disability Matters with Joyce Bender radio show on VoiceAmerica

Every Wed., Fri. & Sat., 12pm-4pm PDT in Bothell, WA
International Association of Mouth & Foot Painters exhibition at Museum of Special Art

Oct. 2nd, 11am-8pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Adult Mental Health First Aid training by USA Mental Health First Aid

Oct. 3rd, 9am-12pm PDT
Online Career Expo hosted by Getting Hired

Oct. 3rd, 10am-10:30am PDT
Employment First & the ADA: Working Together radio show hosted by ADA Live!

Oct. 7th-13th
Mental Illness Awareness Week, this year’s theme is “CureStigma

Oct. 9th, 9am-4pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Person-Centered Planning Overview & Facilitator Training hosted by King County Developmental Disabilities Division

Oct. 10th-11th in Blaine, WA
Recruit, Train, and Retain Workshop hosted by Wise

Oct. 10th, 4pm-7pm PDT in Bellevue, WA
InclusiveFest hosted by AtWork

Oct. 12th
National Disability Mentoring Day. Seattle area employers interested in participating, see UW Do-It Program.

Oct. 12th, 9am-4:00pm PDT in Seattle
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing hosted by Veterans Training Support Center

Oct. 15th
White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 17th, 10am-11:30am PDT
Breaking Barriers: Discover the True Person webinar hosted by Wise

Oct. 17th, 10:30am-2:30am PDT in Redmond, WA
2018 Governor’s Employer Awards Event hosted by Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment

Oct. 18th, 10am PDT
Breaking Barriers to Voting webinar hosted by DOnetwork & REV UP Campaign

Oct. 19th, 6pm-9pm PDT in Mountlake Terrace, WA
A Toast to Abilities hosted by Washington Vocational Services

Oct. 22nd-24th in Atlanta, GA
Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition hosted by SHRM

Oct. 23rd, 11am-1pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Golden Hearts Luncheon to benefit Northwest Center

Oct. 23rd-25th in Leavenworth, WA
October Employment Conference hosted by Community Employment Alliance

Oct. 26th-28th in San Mateo, CA
Abilities Expo hosted by

Oct. 30th, 7pm-10pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Invisible Disabilities: Support & Strategies for Surviving & Thriving hosted by King County International Airport

Save the Dates:
May 11th, 2019 in Auburn, WA
5K for Abilities hosted by Skills Inc. & the City of Auburn

July 15th – July 18th, 2019 in Chicago, IL
2019 Disability:IN Conference! hosted by