October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month to raise awareness about disability employment issues, and foster a more inclusive workforce where every person is recognized for their abilities.
U.S. Department of Labor statistics show that in 2017, 29% of people ages 16–64 with a disability were employed, compared to 73% of those without a disability.Employment Horizons is working to change that, and we’re partnering with them to make it happen.
Employment Horizons’ mission is to serve people with disabilities to help them achieve their employment goals. Discussing the low employment rate for workers with disabilities, Matthew Putts of Employment Horizons explains, “It’s not from a lack of wanting to work. It’s because employers don’t give individuals with disabilities a chance.”
Through our recently formed partnership, we’re creating about 25 jobs at Employment Horizons for workers to test and refurbish used Fios premise equipment for reuse in our network. It’s a winning deal that’s good for the business, good for our planet, and good for the community.
Michael Flanagan, a member of our Organization Effectiveness team, was instrumental in making this partnership happen. He shared, “The work and support that we provide to Employment Horizons is demonstrative of a great company which gives back to the communities we serve. At the end of the day, it’s not just about the work, people want to have meaning and purpose and know that they are working for a company that does good things in the community. This is an excellent example of that.”