What’s the story: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month in the U.S. – a time to recognize the contributions of people with disabilities to our workplaces and economy. At UPS, we’re honoring the accomplishments of UPSers with disabilities who are delivering what matters around the world every day.
You belong at UPS: We believe that our intentional focus on creating an inclusive and equitable workplace leads to better outcomes for our people and throughout our business. That includes people with disabilities of all types.
“I’m always inspired by the positivity, work ethic and contagious energy of our members and allies. Together, we’ve been able to change lives and build a strong community…and this is just the beginning.” – Andrew Bergen, Focus on Abilities BRG Chair
How UPS is showing up: The UPS Foundation committed $2.4 million in grants and sponsorships to advance programs supporting people with disabilities last year. And there’s more:
- Our Focus on Abilities BRG helps foster a culture that embraces and supports UPSers with disabilities and allies through advocacy and education. There are five chapters to-date and growing.
- We recently expanded our Resources for Living benefit from the U.S. to all UPSers worldwide. Resources For Living is a free service to help UPSers and their families to get help and address day-to-day challenges – like mental health counseling, caregiver support, special needs services and more.
What you can do: Get involved with one of The UPS Foundation’s many partner organizations that advance opportunities for people with disabilities. Here are a few to consider:
- Alexander Graham Bell Association: Works globally to ensure that people who are deaf and hard of hearing can hear and talk.
- National Organization on Disability: Increases employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities and enables companies to realize the competitive advantages of hiring people with disabilities.
- Special Olympics, Inc.: Works to create a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability.
- The Viscardi Center: Educates, employs and empowers youth, adults and veterans with disabilities or similar needs.
- Let UPSer Jake Pratt motivate you in this touching video.
- Find out how 33-year safe driver Greg Schneider founded a nonprofit to help people with mobility challenges.
- Read more about UPS’s global commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.