Success Story : D’Vida Injury Clinic and Wellness Center

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By: Heidi Dirkse-Graw, MS, CRC, LPC – President/CEO – Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.

Carlo Adds Value and Joy to the D'Vida Team

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.

Did you know that National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated each October since it was originally declared by Congress in 1945?

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.

Disability Inclusion : The Power of Resources and Collaboration

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By: Heidi Dirkse-Graw, MS, CRC, LPC – President/CEO – Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.

Disability Inclusion in the Workplace: The Power of Resources and Collaboration

Imagine yourself on a rustic deserted island in the tropics. White sand. Palm trees. Crystal blue water. It all seems perfect. You are resting in the warmth of the sun. Then you wake up and realize you have nothing to eat and you don’t know how to survive in the wilderness. All you see is sand, water and trees for miles. What do you do? Where do you turn for help?

Becoming a business where people with disabilities are woven into the fabric of the workplace, supply chain and culture of business may sometimes feel like the deserted island. The concept is welcome and inviting, but the practicalities of how to make it happen leave one questioning where to turn for help.

In my experience helping businesses and job seekers with disabilities, I have found that two factors are vital to success: resources and the power of collaboration.

On the island, there are many sources of food. One just needs to know where to look. In disability employment, information is a click away.  The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) website, www.dol.gov/odep, offers a launching point. It is the only non-regulatory agency of the federal government designed specifically to help people with disabilities and employers/business to promote disability inclusion in the workplace. On the website you will learn about five different programs that can help get you started. Most resources are completely free of charge and some programs help businesses learn about tax credits that help offset costs of implementation.

But what about collaboration? Aren’t you alone on the island? Let’s suppose you awake one afternoon from a siesta in the warm sun. You’re no longer hungry as the coconuts are a plenty and you now eat crickets, the latest rage. Today, however, something catches your eye down the beach. You look closer and you think you see people! Your whole world changes. Now you are not alone; there are others who are also trying to find a way to build shelter, forage for food and make a life. Suddenly, your way is made easier; there is collective energy more powerful than yourself.

Becoming part of a collective group of businesses that promotes disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and market, is akin to discovering that you are not alone on the island. In fact, the more you collaborate the more effective your efforts. You brainstorm best practices, discuss resources and implement innovative strategies. Everyone gains and change happens. I’ve seen it.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness month. In communities around the country events will be hosted to bring together business to begin and/or continue the conversation of workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.  In Portland, Oregon, will you join us for Amplify! on October 19, 2017?  It promises to inspire, equip and unite.

Why attend Amplify!?

Because disability inclusion matters.
It benefits business.
It benefits us all.

Empower Your Workforce
Affirm Abilities
Amplify Success!