Inclusive hiring isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also the smart thing to do. People with disabilities make up 20% of America’s overall population. When employers fail to create inclusive hiring practices and workplaces, they disregard 1/5 of all potential employees and their skilled talent.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
Each October we observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and provide general education about the value and importance of an inclusive workforce. Dating back to 1945, NDEAM is organized by the United States Department of Labor (DOL), but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. The theme for 2019 is “The Right Talent, Right Now,” and DOL has a plethora of resources so you can get involved.
Employee Spotlight – Amy Edmunds
Amy joined MediSked as a receptionist in March 2019 and is an essential part of our office. She is the first person that employees in our headquarters location see each day and she greets everyone with a smile. “Amy makes sure to keep our office running like a well-oiled machine and always takes a minute to check in on how I am doing,” according to her manager, Amanda Cates, MediSked Employee Experience Supervisor. “Amy is a wonderful colleague and an awesome part of the MediSked team.”
Along with being an exceptional teammate, Amy has an impressive resume. She recently graduated from SANYS U, a leadership course presented by the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State. Amy was featured in a profile as part of the EPI Matters Spring 2019 Edition.
“I like it here. My favorite thing is the people here. They are warm and welcoming.” – Amy
The EmployAbility Pledge
New York State’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities created the EmployAbility pledge as a way to create communities that seek to include individuals with all abilities. Signing the pledge demonstrates that a business or organization is committed to the spirit of inclusivity by employing qualified individuals with disabilities and providing everyone full opportunities to be patrons and customers.
“Supporting inclusive employment for individuals with developmental disabilities is something that we find very important to our Corporate Mission. MediSked is lucky to have Amy on our team and we fully back the spirit and mission of OPWDD’s EmployAbility Pledge,” said Tom Hogan, Executive Vice President of MediSked.
Interested in signing the pledge and joining MediSked in our commitment to inclusion? View the pledge and more information here.