Abilities Employee Network
Supporting and raising awareness for those with disabilities
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The Abilities network strives to foster an environment that supports professionals with disabilities, and/or those who have children or other dependents with special needs, as they build their careers at RSM. It works to raise awareness about the unique needs and talents of individuals with disabilities and promotes fair treatment among all our employees. The network also supports recruiting and hiring individuals who will better our firm, regardless of their abilities.
The network focuses on three areas:
- Sensory: targeting individuals who are challenged with hearing, sight or other sensory needs
- Mobility and environmental: targeting individuals who require an assisted device such as crutches or wheelchairs, for mobility, and individuals with conditions such as diabetes or lupus, whose special diets or medications might affect their ability to reach their full potential in an office environment
- Cognitive challenges: targets individuals with autism, Down's syndrome, traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder
This April, our Abilities ENG leaders are selling Autism Awareness socks from John’s Crazy Socks with proceeds going to local organizations.
This year’s International Day of Disabled Persons theme is “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality."
Observed each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities.
Two entrepreneurs served as panelists for an event held by RSM to spread awareness about entrepreneurship and people with disabilities.
RSM’s Allison Merriam, reigning Ms. Wheelchair America Kansas, shares thoughts on how RSM’s Abilities ENG has helped promote her platform.