An Open Letter to Professionals with Disabilities

By Lori Kain, GCE 10/26/2020
Adapting to Increased Customer Demand and Safety Measures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The goal of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is to celebrate the many contributions and accomplishments of workers with disabilities. Held each October, it is important for all of us to understand the critical role we all play in building an inclusive community and innovative workforce. The theme is “increasing access and opportunity” and this year is the nation’s 75th observance of NDEAM. As one of the largest employers of individuals with disabilities in the AbilityOne program, it is our responsibility to create inclusive employment opportunities where everyone feels welcome and can be successful.   

The success of Global Connections to Employment (GCE) is based on everyone, every skill, and every ability throughout our family. This has been a unique year and one that has tested our resilience as an organization. We have all been on a COVID-19 journey together since March. You have been asked to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances and wear masks, specialized clothing, social distance, and wash your hands every chance you get while at work. We have undergone unprecedented transformation during this difficult time. This transformation would not have been possible without the extraordinary efforts put forth by each and every one of you.   

Thank you for being strong, living our values, and staying the course. Our customers have told us how much they appreciate your dedication and commitment to safety. On behalf of GCE we are proud of you, we appreciate you, and all of you amaze me each and every day.