Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced it is joining with other disability experts and advocates to bridge the gap between people living with disabilities and organization’s ability to connect with the larges untapped pipeline of talent in this country.
As employers begin to embrace that remote work is here to stay, they realize the workplace is infinitely more accessible to people with disabilities. Furthermore, showing a commitment to a diverse and accessible workplace is a selling point that can attract talent.
Throughout Disability Employment Awareness Month, MDA will take meaningful steps toward providing people with disabilities access to the same opportunities to gainful employment so they can achieve professional and financial independence.
This National Disability Employment Awareness Month, MDA announces a DEI Coalition that will facilitate people with disabilities entering the workforce.
“We are uniting with partners at the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and Inclusively, the technology-centered employment platform for job seekers with disabilities, to help industries overcome challenges and cultivate employment opportunities for people with disabilities,” said Kristine Welker, chief of staff for MDA. “Our programs during National Disability Employment Awareness Month are just the beginning — we are committed leading toward an inclusive workplace that reflects that national population of 1 in 4 people living with disability.”
MDA kicked off a series of programs and platforms earlier this week, when MDA, the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and Inclusively convened a distinguished group of other DEI authorities and advocates, educational leaders and industry executives in a roundtable discussion to discuss disability employment topics, share experiences and expertise and explore steps to help employers and job candidates find success in the workplace.
MDA also is leveraging its partner, Inclusively, to find talent for open positions. Inclusively will use its job matching technology to source candidates with jobs at MDA that align their experience and expertise the needs of the organization.
MDA recognizes the journey begins with providing students access to working professionals to create the pathways that will lead to a successful entry into the workforce. To this end, MDA is expanding the STEM Connections Program, a continuation of its partnership with General Motors (GM). Beginning this month and continuing into November, mentors will be matched with youth ages 16-21 who are living with a neuromuscular disease to learn about higher education and job pathways in STEM. This mentorship program will build confidence and instill workplace readiness skills as participants work with mentors.
As a result of MDA’s decades of effort to provide the best quality care and treatment for people living with neuromuscular diseases, the MDA community are living longer, more productive lives. Through this latest endeavor to promote the adoption of an inclusive workforce, MDA continues to fulfill its mission to advocate for those living with disabilities.
And this works fits right into the mainstream cultural shift around workplace norms. The latest issue of MDA’s magazine, Quest, focuses on the work-from-home era and reports that a survey conducted by PwC in late 2020 found a positive change in employers’ attitudes toward working from home, with 83 percent saying the shift to remote work has been successful for their company.
MDA will continue to use the Quest content platform to keep the community informed on progress made through the new DEI Coalition’s collective efforts around facilitating steps toward the inclusive workplace.