Partners Health Plan members are sharing their employment journey stories to elevate Disability Employment Awareness Month. These stories describe the diverse experiences of people with disabilities and the employers that are benefiting from the dedication these talented individuals bring to their professional roles.
Did you know that one in four individuals in the U.S. have some type of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? Did you know the employment rate for a New Yorker with a disability (age 18 – 64) is 31.2% compared to 72% for a person without a disability, resulting in a gap of 40.8% according to New York State (click here). The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected many who have already faced significant barriers to employment, compounding their economic hardships.
We must use our voices and advocate for creating more accessible and inclusive workplaces by becoming informed on the value of hiring people with disabilities.
A person with a disability recently summed it up the best by stating, “my disabilities do not define me. My abilities do.”
Please join us in widening the lens by elevating awareness on what needs to be done to remove barriers in the workplace, so individuals who have a disability have the opportunity to access meaningful and well-paying jobs. Do you know an organization that is moving the dial on disability employment by removing barriers?
Ackeem’s Employment Story
Partners Health Plan Member, Ackeem, has been employed by the New York City Police Department for five years in downtown Manhattan. The best part of his job, he stated, “is working with New York’s finest and I enjoy working for the Chief of Community of Affairs Bureaus of the New York City Police Department.” As the department’s Director of Community Affairs Bureau, he has an important role to fill and his boss motivates him to stay focused and help the community in every possible way he can. His motto for life is inspiring, “Stay focused and be strong. Always have a good attitude.”
PLEASE SHARE THESE REAL LIFE STORIES OF WORKERS WITH DISABILITIES, AND WE’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR STORY!
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