This article first appeared in the October issue of C@reer Connections, Sodexo's monthly e-newsletter. Sign up today!
"Everyone can relate to something about people with disabilities." – Bob Stern, Senior Vice President and General Counsel with Sodexo
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month – a time to celebrate the diverse contributions of workers with disabilities in America. It's also a time to raise awareness about improvements regarding disability employment issues. This year's national theme is "Expect. Employ. Empower."
Understanding the unique needs individuals with disabilities may have, Sodexo supports our employees in numerous ways. One such employee is Regional Dietitian Claudine Mauriello.
"I have lupus and I wear a leg brace from a bike accident that left me paralyzed on one side," explains Mauriello. "Sodexo has been very supportive of my scheduling needs living with lupus, especially in this past year."
But living with lupus hasn't held her back. Mauriello's full-time work as a dietitian in Sodexo's senior living market keeps her busy with many responsibilities for the health and wellness of the residents in the communities that she supports. And, after hours, she's an active participant in the annual Lupus Walk-a-Thon held each October to support research efforts to prevent, treat and cure lupus.
As a company, Sodexo is committed to hiring and supporting employees with disabilities through our employee business resource group, SOAR (Sodexo Organization for disAbilities Resources). SOAR focuses on raising awareness, providing education and resources, and creating a culture that values the contributions of people with disabilities. Our resources are also available for employees who have a loved one with a disability.
In recognition of Sodexo as an industry leader and based on SOAR's accomplishments in developing resources and support for employees with disabilities, the company was awarded the Disability Matters – Work Life Award by Work Life Matters magazine and Springboard Consulting.
At Sodexo, we also celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd of each year to showcase the experience of our employees who live with a disability. Here are some of the stories of our employees who are making a difference every day: 8 experiences, 8 challenges, 8 paths, 8 amazing people!
We welcome our readers to join the conversation on our Sodexo Careers Facebook page – we would love to hear about the amazing people who touch your lives!