By Autumn McReynolds, Employment Brand Sourcing Manager
Did you know that 90% of workers with disabilities have above average job performance? Contrary to common misconceptions that having a disability leads to lower quality work, a study by the U.S. Department of Education revealed that workers with disabilities consistently rated average or above in several aspects, including performance, quality and quantity.
As a member of the Sodexo Organization for disAbilities Resources (SOAR), it is one of my goals to help raise awareness to combat myths like this, while also providing resources for those within the organization and sharing our stories externally.
To continue our celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), here is the second post in our 4-part series, highlighting the important work Sodexo SOAR members and employees are doing to make a difference in their communities. If you missed Part 1, you can read it here!
New England Mary Lyon School Event
In early 2015, the New England SOAR Team assisted the Mary Lyon School in Boston in raising over $35,000 to go toward programming and support for the students. This school is Boston's only fully inclusive K-12 option for students with significant social, emotional and behavioral disabilities.
The Sodexo team helped plan the menu and volunteered their time and expertise to execute a dinner for over 250 guests. Sodexo Regional Vice President Mark Fagan received a special award from the Principal Deborah Rooney, who expressed her gratitude for the Sodexo team’s efforts.
SOAR members will continue to be involved with and provide support to the Mary Lyon School through additional activities throughout the year.
This is just one example of how Sodexo employees are supporting people with disabilities, and we will continue to publish more throughout the month. Stay tuned for Part 3 of this series next week, and follow our dedicated Pinterest board for additional content, facts and much more.