By: Heidi Dirkse-Graw, MS, CRC, LPC – President/CEO – Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.
Job creation is perhaps one of the most innovative ways business can get involved in facilitating employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It is a formula that works and it produces results for all. Job creation – identifying business needs and matching abilities and interests of individuals with disabilities is one of the primary goals of Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.
A great example of inclusion and innovation can be found at D’Vida Injury Clinic and Wellness Center in Beaverton, OR. Owners Michelle Whittaker, LAc and Dr. Tony Rhodes, DC, ART, were open to the innovative approach known in the industry as a “job carve” or separating out tasks that match the skill sets of a motivated job seeker. Colleagues Glenn Bishop and Cindy Bahl were fortunate to introduce them to Carlo Umanzor, a kind, soft-spoken 21-year-old who experiences Autism. Because of a short-term volunteer experience, they already knew that Carlo was interested and had the skill set required to meet a business need.
At D’Vida patients are treated to soft, clean flannel sheets that previously required attention from their Administrative team. The business process was assessed and identified laundry and other tasks causing a back-log and taking away from other pressing duties such as checking in patients, verifying insurance benefits and answering the phones. They matched those tasks to Carlo and his skill set, creating an innovative solution and a “win-win” for the individual, the business and the community.
Carlo takes great pride in making sure patients at D’Vida receive this special treatment. “It’s a pretty great job . . . I learned how to use this washer and dryer and I make sure there are clean sheets for the patients”.
“It’s truly been such a pleasure having Carlo on board with our team.” Michelle shared. “We were pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful attitude he had and how great he has fit in to the culture of our clinic. He has added value and joy to our team and is a lot of fun to work with!”
At Dirkse CC, it is our privilege to be a part of success stories like Carlo and D’Vida where “Inclusion Drives Innovation” every day.
The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s National theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”
Join us in celebrating NDEAM and learn more about how you can create a stronger workforce and community through inclusive hiring. REGISTER TODAY to attend Amplify! Empower Your Workforce, Affirm Abilities, Amplify Success! Thursday, October 19th, 8:00am-11:00am, hosted by Nike WHQ.
Why attend Amplify!?
Because disability inclusion matters.
It benefits business.
It benefits us all.