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Microsoft's Inclusive Culture Provides Many Opportunities To People With Disabilities - Assistive Technology Blog
We learned a few months ago about Microsoft’s hiring program for candidates on the Autism spectrum but that is not Microsoft’s only initiative towards creating a diverse workforce and inclusive culture. The success of that pilot initiative paved way for several more, thus providing more opportunities for people with disabilities to gain employment, be independent, and become fully integrated members of their respective communities. Microsoft has recognized that it can provide great opportunities to people with disabilities, and since it has a very strong network of vendors that provide various types of services, the company has started a “Supported Employment Program” that provides employment to people with developmental disabilities in various Microsoft facilities throughout the Puget Sound area in the state of Washington. These employment opportunities range from dining and transportation to facility services, office administration, and many more. Roles may include food prep, janitorial, dishwasher, landscaping, reception, office moves, office administration, and furniture warehouse to name a few. The employees who perform these duties are provided specialized ongoing training and one on one coaching to ensure success. To learn more about this program, and to see a list of participating employment agencies, click here. Microsoft also has a “disAbility [...]