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National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which begins Oct. 1, is a great time for Tresco, Inc. staff and contract employees to spread the word about the nonprofit’s mission to provide jobs and services for people with disabilities and excellent service to its nearly 60 partners throughout southern New Mexico.
“I’m getting all this experience doing multiple jobs,” said Tresco repair technician Shaun Adcock.
Adcock, 27, does repairs and maintenance at 12 rest areas all across Interstate 10 in New Mexico and as far north as the Whispering Sands rest area north of Socorro.
“I fix anything that’s broken,” said Adcock, a Las Cruces native who was diagnosed with a hearing disability at age 2.
“Shaun is amazing,” said Tresco Works Operations Assistant Director Andrew Taylor, and a good example of the “great, hardworking people” that Tresco employs – more than 500 hundred of them – with local, state and national government agencies, nonprofits and private businesses in nearly a dozen New Mexico counties.
“People like what Tresco does for their company,” Taylor said. “They just love our folks.”
“Our team members become a part of their team,” said Tresco Community Engagement Manager Stacie Allen. “We’re here to be a business solution.”
Adcock, a graduate of Oñate High School with a bachelor’s degree in marketing from New Mexico State University, is also a strong self-advocate. He was one of 50 people with disabilities from across the country who spoke at the SourceAmerica national Grassroots Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. in June.
“I loved every second of it,” Adcock said.
The conference was an opportunity to “say what I need to say so everyone can hear it,” Adcock said. “To change the world, all it takes is one person.”
Adcock also met and shared his story with members of the staffs of New Mexico U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan and U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell.
“Do not be afraid,” is Adcock’s advice to others with disabilities when they have a chance to speak out. “Take the opportunity like I did to achieve something greater than yourself.”
Adcock said he doesn’t think of his hearing loss as a disability.
“I look at different abilities,” he said.
Adcock is also part of Tresco’s manager-in-training program.
“I can’t wait to see where he goes,” Taylor said.
Adcock said he really enjoys talking to motorists from across the country – he even met one recently from France – while doing repairs and beautification work at rest stops. A fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Kings, Adcock is a big supporter of the NMSU Aggies and enjoys watching college football with his father. Adcock is also a member of the First Baptist Church of Las Cruces, where he also teaches Bible classes.
Tresco, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, provides adult employment and support services programs and also early intervention and support services for children with disabilities.
Contact Allen at 575-528-2206 and email@example.com. Visit www.trescoinc.org.
Tresco Works will host “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,” 7:30-9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. The event includes breakfast. RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 5, to Stacie Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-528-2206.