National Disability Employment Awareness Month, celebrated every October, acknowledges and raises awareness of the contributions of those in the workforce with both visible and invisible disabilities. It serves as a reminder of our collective responsibility to continue to advocate for more accessible and inclusive workplaces as well as equitable employment practices and policies.
New York Life's ENABLE employee resource group is sponsoring engaging programming for our employees this year to celebrate the power of people with disabilities, including opportunities to learn, volunteer, and participate. These include a walkathon to benefit Shriners Children's Hospital; an Employees with Disabilities Storytellers Panel; a talk with a disabled veteran employee about his career journey; and a talk about the caregiving resources available to employees.
New York Life recognizes the disability community as a valued talent segment, and we’re dedicated to recruiting individuals who identify as having a disability and creating a culture of support and inclusion to grow and thrive. Key elements of these efforts include external partnerships as well as the programming available through ENABLE.
Inclusively is a platform that connects job seekers with employers who are committed to attracting and retaining talented members of this community. In addition to posting open roles on the Inclusively platform, New York Life’s recruiters can source candidates directly.
“Inclusively allows candidates to find jobs within New York Life that align to their skills, while also fitting the type of accommodations they need to succeed in the role,” says Margaret Miranda, Senior Diversity Strategist and NYL-Vets member.
Inclusively also offers training on topics such as understanding accommodations, interviewing, ableism, understanding neurodiversity, and more.
Disability:IN is a global nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion. New York Life’s partnership with Disability:IN helps us recruit from the disability community through job boards and by developing more inclusive language for our job postings.
Throughout the year, including National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October, our ENABLE Employee Resource Group hosts numerous events to celebrate and raise awareness throughout the company. This year’s special events included:
“We’re trying to create a space where it’s okay to talk about disabilities and ask for help. The point is to demystify and destigmatize disability by demonstrating that there are colleagues with disabilities right here who have succeeded."
— Ryan Bruce, Director, Client Solutions, and ENABLE co-chair
“We’re trying to create a space where it’s okay to talk about disabilities and ask for help. The point is to demystify and destigmatize disability by demonstrating that there are colleagues with disabilities right here who have succeeded,” says Ryan Bruce, Director, Client Solutions, and ENABLE co-chair.
“We’ve created a community where employees with disabilities, caregivers, or loved ones and friends can feel safe and supported,” says Nicole Sitek, Director, New York Life Investment Management, and former ENABLE co-chair. “We want employees to know that there are appropriate ways to ask for help at New York Life, and the company wants to be there for them.”
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