Merck, known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, is proud to announce its membership in The Valuable 500, an international initiative striving to put disability on the leadership agenda. The company supports the campaign which is dedicated to unlocking the business, social and economic value of people living with disabilities around the world.
Kyle Hahn was in high school when he learned about a new Walgreens distribution center opening up in Windsor, Conn. He applied and was hired, and in joining Walgreens, Kyle also became part of the company’s new Transitional Working Group, an effort by the retailer to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
This past September, Kyle celebrated his 11th anniversary with Walgreens and he recalls the day he found out he was hired:
“I was really excited about it,” said Hahn. “I was jumping around the house. This was my first job ever!”
As companies across industries make diversity and inclusion a priority, hiring and supporting people with disabilities has never been more important.
Jennison Asuncion, who focuses on digital accessibility within LinkedIn Engineering, is completely blind. On any given day at work, he uses JAWS, software that reads what's on the screen or display, to access web applications and websites. On mobile, he uses the VoiceOver screen reader setting on his iPhone. Tools and accommodations like the ones Asuncion uses daily have never been more important — for employees and employers.
For the third year in a row, Whirlpool is recognized as one of the best places to work for people with disabilities
Whirlpool Corporation has been named one of the best places to work for people with disabilities as part of the 2019 Disability Equality Index (DEI), the nation's most comprehensive annual benchmarking tool allowing America's leading corporations to self-report their disability policies and practices. For the third year in a row, Whirlpool Corporation joined a small league of companies with a 100 percent score on the DEI for outstanding commitment and leading disability inclusion practices.
Today’s announcement is the result of collaboration between Albertsons Cos. and several visually impaired customers of the company's family of grocery stores, including Safeway, in a process known as Structured Negotiation.
People with disabilities constitute the largest minority group, at an estimated one in six people globally, but their needs often are overlooked. Businesses and other organizations that aim to be more inclusive might opt to create an environment where these people’s needs are understood. However, it is often difficult to recognize the best way to make changes.
At Easterseals, our mission has always been to provide exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary of service this year, we are focused on changing the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.
Albertsons hosted the party for Marla, a Lake Oswego resident with Down syndrome who has worked at the store for 23 years and become a beloved member of the community.
"All the customers know her," Dean said. "We're going to miss her. She's a part of the community. She went to school here in this neighborhood, worked here in this neighborhood. She's just very well known here."
We are honored to join the ILO Global Business and Disability Network. Ensuring Merck is a place where everyone of all abilities can thrive and develop is a top priority for us. We’re proud to join this wonderful organization.