AwareNow: Issue 19: The Source Edition

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“The future of work is inclusive and we’re on the forefront of this movement.”

Allié: For employers who view a disability as a liability, what would you share with them?

Hannah: Despite articles on the advantages that people with disabilities can offer employers, too many companies hold themselves back when it comes to hiring people with disabilities. They see hiring people with disabilities as being “the right thing to do” but do not see it as part of a talent strategy that will benefit the company and outweigh what they see as the potential expenses and risk. This type of mindset puts companies at a disadvantage when it comes to sourcing and leveraging the talent they need in today’s job market. Disability inclusion is an OPPORTUNITY not a chore. Hiring people with disabilities and illnesses is good for people—and it’s good for companies. Having inclusive, accessible, and flexible workplaces are the key to helping everyone work better. Disability and chronic illness inclusion offers us a significant opportunity to strengthen our businesses and our economy. Employees with disabilities offer tangible benefits, including increased innovation, improved productivity and a better work environment.

Allié: For job seekers who have been turned away because of a chronic illness or disability, when they turn to Chronically Capable, what will you provide?

Hannah: We are curating a safe space for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities to find and connect with employers who are truly committed to inclusion. We don’t work with every organization that knocks on our door. Instead, we work with the organizations who are ready to roll up their sleeves and tackle these issues head on.

On the community front, at Chronically Capable, job seekers can connect and network with like-minded individuals who have had similar experiences (both negative and positive). Our community is one that uplifts individuals to be their true selves at work. Nobody should ever have to decide between their health and their career, period.

Allié: Let’s speak for a moment about logo love. I love the Chronically Capable logo. Clever for sure with the one ‘c’ facing connected to and facing the other ‘c’, but even more clever is the infinity symbol that they create. This spoke to me. As someone who lives with a chronic condition, Multiple Sclerosis, because it’s incurable, it is my infinite reality. I found my condition mirrored in your logo with infinite possibilities - as opposed to probabilities. How does ‘infinite’ personally relate to you, Hannah, and the work that you do?

Hannah: Thank you for the kind words! Let me touch upon the name first. With the name Chronically Capable, we wanted to highlight the unique capabilities of the chronically ill and disabled community and show that despite health challenges, everyone is capable of finding meaningful work. This is very important to our team because the word “chronic” usually has such a negative connotation. We wanted to flip the meaning of the word and remove the stigma to empower our community.

On the logo front, we are trying to highlight the infinite possibilities and capabilities of our community. For me, as someone who has lost so much due to my illness, the idea of having infinite opportunities is beyond powerful. I know that we have just scratched the surface here and I can’t wait to see all that we will do with Chronically Capable. The future of work is inclusive and we’re on the forefront of this movement. I have the best job in the world. ∎ Learn more about Chronically Capable:

www.wearecapable.org

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