PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Yasmin Malhotra
is proud to participate in community service efforts through a number of organizations in her area. She believes that community members must support one another however possible, and that all people deserve an equal chance at success. For this reason, Malhotra is lending her support to a new piece
on The Huffington Post penned by Jack Markell, the Governor of Delaware.
Markell explains that he recently spoke with a young man working at Bank of America in Delaware. The man, who has Down's Syndrome, was thrilled to be working. He explained that for the past six years he had sat at home watching TV with his parents. He grew disheartened and depressed. With this new job, he is excited each day and thrilled to be part of the team.
Unfortunately, this man's situation is not unusual. Even though the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed 23 years ago, still only 20 percent of the 54 million Americans who have a disability are employed or searching for a job. For those without disabilities, this figure is 70 percent.
However, many business owners and managers are proud to hire those with disabilities. These people explain that it is not an act of charity, but rather a good business decision. This includes Greg Wasson, CEO of Walgreens. At Walgreens' Connecticut and South Carolina distribution facilities, roughly half of the employees have disabilities. These two centers outperform any other facility in the Walgreens supply chain. This illustrates that a disability does not necessarily impact a person's ability to perform at work.
Acadia Windows and Doors, which is based in Maryland, is also proud to hire people of all abilities. In fact, roughly six out of 60 workers there have disabilities. Vice President Neill Christopher notes that he was hesitant to hire those with disabilities at first, fearing that the job would be too dangerous for these individuals. As it turns out, the company operates safely and efficiently with these people on staff. He also notes that these individuals help to make the atmosphere kinder.
Regional IT company CAI has also dedicated itself to offering employment to all types of people. The group has committed to making those with autism three percent of the company's consulting base within three years. The business does this because they understand that many people with autism have excellent software testing skills.
"It is important to recognize that people of all ability levels can bring positivity and productivity to a work place. While people with disabilities may have different strengths and weaknesses than those who don't have disabilities, these individuals still have plenty to contribute to the business world," explains Yasmin Malhotra.
is proud to participate in community service in her community. She lends her time to a number of causes that assist those in need, including children and those struggling with financial issues. Malhotra also enjoys reading to elderly individuals, providing these seniors with a form of entertainment as well as companionship. She believes in the importance of treating all people with respect, regardless of their financial state or physical capabilities.