Allies for All Abilities (3A)
Updated: Dec 7, 2021
We sat down with Dale, one of the co-founders to learn more about the vision, mission and how this new employee resource group (ERG) will add value.
Why start this ERG? Can you give us some background?
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.
We were 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.
Can you tell me what you’re hoping to achieve?
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.
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.
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