Careers: A driving force for independence

Alex Mortillaro has been fascinated with motorcycles since he was about 7, so it’s only natural that he’d seek a career where he could be around them all the time.
“It still seems a bit shocking to be honest,” he said, even after working as a mechanic’s assistant at Dehond Cycle and Auto since the spring. “It has been a positive influence in many different aspects and it’s definitely a good position for me.” Mortillaro has had other jobs, including one with relatives at a bakery, but this job is different.
“I’ve learned countless things about working on motorcycles, cars and ATVs,” he said. “I’ve learned how to use many tools and equipment as well.”
And he has helped the mechanics work more quickly and efficiently at Dehond Cycle and Auto, one of the many businesses, large and small, that are realizing the largely untapped pool of workers with disabilities can help them meet their workplace needs.
“We hope to have Alex here forever, he does so well,” said Mark Dehond, owner of Dehond Cycle and Auto. “He’s beyond my expectations and doing awesome.”
The Employment Alliance, a program of Heritage Christian Services, works with businesses to do everything from finding right-fit talent to offering onsite job coaching. Now, thanks to a grant from the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, the Employment Alliance has published “Investing In Potential: A Guide to Hiring People With Disabilities” and created videos to share with companies and prospective employees.
“(The Employment Alliance) is a great program to be with,” Mortillaro said, “and it is helping me become more of an independent individual.” †

Hear what Alex Mortillaro has added to the DeHond Cycle and Auto team
For more information
To receive a copy of “Investing in Potential: A Guide to Hiring People With Disabilities” or to hear more, call the Employment Alliance at (585) 340-2080 or email