Allies for All Abilities – Stryker’s new employee resource group is here!
Updated: Jan 8
We sat down with co-founders Aimee and Dale to learn more about their vision, mission and how this new employee resource group (ERG) will add value.
Why start this ERG? Aimee, can you give us some background?
My 9 year old son Alex has down syndrome and he teaches me to see things differently and think differently. I’m preparing Alex to contribute to the world and the world for Alex. This ERG is an opportunity to help make that happen.
How about you Dale?
My daughter Kaylin has dyslexia and we found out because she was struggling with reading at school. With the right support, she’s now thriving, and that is something I would like more people to have access to. There are invisible disabilities like dyslexia, ADHD, PTSD, hearing, cognitive etc. and visible disabilities like MS, blindness and so forth — the more I learnt, the more I wanted to help as many people as I could.
Aimee, how did this partnership begin?
Well we were both very keen on starting something that connected people with disabilities, the people who care for them, and provide support. It was important to us to start the conversation and bring it out of the shadows. And at some point I thought who better to start it with than Dale. I have so much respect for him, he rallies people around a cause, is a great leader and I knew we would progress faster if we took this on together.
Can you tell me what you’re hoping to achieve Aimee?
Disability is a giver of strength and a superpower that makes the world a more creative place. The value that is created is so much more than the disability and we want to create awareness and educate people. We want to connect with others who want to make a difference and make it a reality.
Dale, can you tell us about Allies for All Abilities?
A disability is something you could be born with or it could happen to you. Everyone has strengths, challenges and gets labelled differently. So the question is, how do we help everyone? What is the first step?
Allies for All Abilities is designed to promote and advance disability inclusion practices within Stryker that spark greater innovation, engagement, and productivity. Our aim is to give employees with disabilities, employees who care for others with disabilities, and allies for disability inclusion a stronger voice and way to provide feedback and advice to Stryker, related to their workplace and employee experience.
Aimee, do you have anything to add?
I’m grateful to work at an organization that takes a strengths-based approach to our business and our talent. The progress being made by this and our other ERGs serves as a source of inspiration and motivates me to get involved!