October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Goodwill, along with many other companies have pledged to create awareness about the contributions people with disabilities make in America’s workforce. The national campaign encourages businesses and organizations to build working cultures with diversity, respect and employment for all.
Goodwill has helped millions of people navigate through the challenges of finding and keeping a good job. Robbie Green is a prime example of this year’s NDEAM theme, “Expect. Employ. Empower.” The veteran found himself paralyzed and was told his chances at a normal life were over, but he was persistent, never giving up. With support from the VA and Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, he received training in a new skill: refurbishing computers donated to Goodwill. Green now works at Goodwill and volunteers at the VA hospital where he helps others with disabilities. He is also training for the National Wheelchair Games.
Green’s story is just one example of how Goodwill and NDEAM have helped veterans with disabilities and others, work with people to develop employment skills and find the right job for them. Last year alone, Goodwill helped over 278,000 people with disabilities gain valuable skills and find jobs.
“Millions of Americans with disabilities make important contributions to the workplace every day,” said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International. “At Goodwill, we encourage all local businesses to join us in a commitment to employ and empower people with disabilities.”
For more information or to search Goodwill jobs, visit http://www.goodwill.org