Success Stories Archive

Read about the successes your peers have had in hiring workers with disabilities, and how they've evolved the workforce for the better. And if you are proof that it pays to think beyond the label and have a story of your own to share, we'd love to hear it!

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Maryellen Reardon’s life changed dramatically following a serious illness after the birth of her youngest daughter 18 years ago. An antibiotic she took for treatment caused her to lose the majority of her hearing over a six-month period.   “My thought at the time was that I will never get to hear my daughter’s voice,” says Dr. Reardon, who is Vice President, Learning, at Prudential Insurance Company of America in Newark, New Jersey. “I could tear up thinking...
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When it comes to showing off an inclusive culture, WellPoint does it with flair.   DiversityInc. ranked WellPoint as one of the Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities this year, and Careers and the disABLED magazine honored the managed care company as Corporate Employer of the Year in 2012.   None of these accolades would be possible without the employees themselves directing its inclusive culture, says Alicia Wallace, MBA, Director of Equal Employment Opportunity and Dive...
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The distinctive aroma of newly brewed coffee lures patrons to Café Blends, a shop located inside one of Atlanta’s major car dealerships. But it’s not just the java that keeps people coming back—it’s the service. Café Blends’ baristas, wearing tan and brown uniforms, all happen to be on the autism spectrum. Many have never held a job before.   “Our baristas have a positive attitude, get along great with our employees and customers, and th...
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