CVS: working with autism

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and CVS Caremark announced last week that they’ve established a two-year nationwide alliance to promote the employment of people with disabilities. The effort will include technical assistance, training and education, outreach and communication.

CVS Caremark will share information, guidance and resources that will help to develop model programs for other employers, particularly in the retail and pharmacy services industries. 

As a Regional Vice President at Easter Seals Southern California, I’ve worked for years integrating adults with autism and other disabilities — many who had been living in institutions and very segregated settings — into communities. It is so important for businesses — like Easter Seals’ amazing partner, CVS — to provide opportunities for people with autism and other disabilities.

This is especially important after these young adults turn 22 and “age out” of many services and supports.

Beyond a paycheck, a job can help workers learn new skills, improve decision making, and take responsibility. A job gives a person enhanced community value; it creates new relationships beyond family and paid supports.

Ultimately, employment supports an adult’s progress towards equality, dignity and independence.

Hiring, retaining and advancing employees with disabilities is just good business. At Easter Seals, we are proud to have a business like CVS as a partner.


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