Why did you join the INterAbilities Colleague Affinity Network (CAN) and why would you encourage others to become allies for the disabled community?
I joined the INterAblities CAN to help drive awareness and change at Olympus. I became a co-lead this past year and it has been so rewarding. We give a voice to those that haven’t felt heard, try to educate and spread awareness. It is so important to understand our co-workers since we spend so much time together. Without understanding and acceptance, we can’t be empathetic or be a unified community.
I think it is important for everyone to be an ally to individuals with disabilities to help make the workplace and community more supportive and bring out the best in all of us. When people feel heard, understood and supported, everyone around them feels the benefits. You can help by joining the conversation, listening to others, and letting your own voice be heard.