A workforce that empowers everyone is good for job seekers as well as job creators.
Observed each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates all about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.
Read this week's featured individuals and why they feel an inclusive and integrated environment empowers all!
David: Production Assembler
Companies are often concerned about how much it costs to make an accommodation, with my experience its little to nothing. I feel empowered working at MDI because it's helped me to regain strength in my hand and arm that was affected by a stroke. My job makes me feel like I am contributing back to society.
Vicki: Conversion Supervisor
It's important for companies to have an inclusive environment because that is how you find talent and skill. I like what I do because it is something different and keeps me busy...I like to move! I've never worked at a place like this before. People have pride in their work and are very proud doing what they do.
Linda: Print Lead
Having a job gives people confidence in their ability to have their own income. It allows people with disabilities to show what they can do and brings more awareness to the value that everyone brings.
Tandy: Hand Assembler
Angela: Hand Assembler
An inclusive workforce provides safety, security and confidence to do the job. It empowers employees and enables a person to be productive. My job at MDI instills value, worth and drive that people may not have in other areas.
Mark: BW Tech
Respect and encouragement are important! Having a job makes people feel confident in reaching their fullest potentials. You can't look at it as they (person with disabilities) can't do it, but rather what everyone can do.
Brenda: Hand Assembler
People with disabilities work and want to work and they do just as hard if not harder that most people! I just recently started at MDI and also work at the Hibbing Daily Tribune. I look forward to learning new skills and tasks, because a lot of people/companies feel people with disabilities can't or won't work is untrue.