Each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices.
As a company dedicated to improving the health, safety, and security of all Americans, we understand the circumstances that can create inequities and barriers to quality of life for many people, including people with disabilities.
Core to our mission is creating an environment that provides meaningful work for all. In our hiring practices and our delivery of customer programs, Cognosante’s culture and capabilities are stronger because we value multiple perspectives, abilities, and circumstances.
We are stronger together.
Meaningful Work for People with Disabilities
Meaningful work is foundational to long-term personal health, welfare, security, and fulfillment, yet access to employment remains a challenge for individuals with disabilities. Our wholly-owned subsidiary, J.Lodge, is dedicated to changing that. Most of J. Lodge’s employees are Veterans and U.S. workers with disabilities who have extensive business experience and high levels of education. J.Lodge employees have flexible schedules, work from home, and are provided assistive technology to offer every opportunity for success and long-term career advancement.
Our perspective on access to meaningful employment also drives the work we do for our customers, such as our support of the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program. We’re proud to provide customer experience and program management support that connects employment agencies, beneficiaries, and the SSA to each other—closing the gap on access to meaningful work for people with disabilities.
A Workplace Environment that Goes Beyond Physical Needs
Individuals with disabilities sometimes cite other barriers in the work environment, including an organization’s culture.
At Cognosante, we’ve found that a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture drives innovation, productivity, results, and customer satisfaction. For employees with disabilities, inclusion goes beyond the workplace accommodations guaranteed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It extends to the accessibility of our workplace communications, the flexibility of our work schedules, and the actions of our leaders.
In a recent employee survey, 90% of our employees with disabilities who completed the survey responded, “they are made to feel welcome when they join” and 85% say they are “treated as a full member of the organization regardless of position.” We’re proud to be a part of the nation’s ongoing journey toward equity for all—in Cognosante’s culture and through the work we do to support customers’ missions, such as the SSA. Let’s work together—in our workplaces and in our communities—to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by often-overlooked populations, such as persons with disabilities. Because, the nation is stronger together.
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