Brooklyn CVS employee breaking down disability barriers in workplace
Wednesday marks the 33rd anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act and National Disability Independence Day. News 12 is highlighting one hard-working New Yorker who is breaking the stigma around those with disabilities.
Antonio Hall has worked at a Manhattan CVS for four years. Despite having a disability, the Brooklyn native is making strides in the workplace.
“I feel happy,” said Hall. “I like working with the customers. I like helping them and I am so grateful.”
The Workforce Initiative Team at CVS Health, in partnership with Goodwill New York/NewJersey, started the Workforce Innovation and Talent Center Program. It helps train and support future employees with disabilities in a mock-simulated retail store to help them gain work experience and on-the-job training.
“That act really made sure there was access, support, and advocacy for people with disabilities,” said Katy Gaul-Stigge, president and CEO of Goodwill NY/NJ. “Whether it be visual impairment, or intellectual development disabilities… we want no talent left on the sidelines.”
Antonio Hall is a prime example that while living with a disability may be challenging, there are always resources like these that can help people push forward.
“He is the reason that having a conversation around hiring individuals with disabilities is so important,” said Amanda Russo, senior manager of the Workforce Initiative Team at CVS Health. “Just to see what he’s done for the culture here at this store, that’s proof in the pudding.”