Around 1 in 5 Americans, or more than 55 million people, live with a disability. Unfortunately, finding a job can be much more difficult for this population than for people living without a disability. In 2016, the unemployment rate for the disabled was more than double the rate for those without a disability. While these figures are cause for concern, many businesses have ramped up disability inclusion initiatives in recent years and CVS Health has been at the forefront of these efforts.
CVS Health Sees Abilities in Abundance
CVS Health has a long history of promoting diversity in the workplace. Initiatives aimed at disability inclusion have earned the company accolades from organizations like the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Most recently, CVS Health has received attention from the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYSDDPC) and Our Ability, a company dedicated to building employment opportunities for the disabled.
Through a nationwide network of Workforce Initiatives Programs, CVS Health offers employment training opportunities to a diverse group of disadvantaged individuals, including those with disabilities. As part of a video series highlighting disability inclusion initiatives in New York businesses, NYSDDPC and Our Ability featured several CVS Health employees with disabilities who had completed job training at the regional learning center in New York City.
Seen in the video are Kevin, Jeanette, and Ronald, engaging in job-related tasks and discussing what their jobs mean to them. “Helping customers makes me happy,” Ronald says. “I enjoy working with my managers, my supervisors,” Kevin declares. “They’re all great. And my teammates, too.”
Also seen are employees like Edward Galis, a CVS Health Store Manager who supervises Kevin. “He’s actually one of the best employees that I have,” Galis says about Kevin. “He always has a smile on his face, he’s always happy, he’s always eager to be here.”