Adobe celebrates intersectional identities during National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This imagery was created by the Access at Adobe employee network and symbolizes the radiance and influence of the community; and honors intersectional identities, including both visible and invisible disabilities, that help inform and create a more accessible world for everyone.

This imagery was created by the Access at Adobe employee network and symbolizes the radiance and influence of the community; honoring intersectional identities, including visible and invisible disabilities, that help inform and create a more accessible world for everyone.

October marks the start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which highlights the importance of employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Throughout the month, Adobe is excited to host several engaging events and spotlight stories from our employees to continue our efforts in raising awareness on the significant role people with disabilities play in the workforce and our communities.

It is Adobe’s conviction that everyone deserves respect and equal treatment, regardless of any personal traits that make up who we are.

We believe when people feel appreciated and included, they can be more creative, innovative, and successful. We call this vision Adobe for All.

Redefining how the disability community is perceived

The disability community is comprised of the largest minority group on the planet. What’s more, individuals in this community share some of the most unique experiences, in which they oftentimes leverage to creatively develop ‘life hacks’ — in the workplace, and everyday life. These inspiring stories show how our abilities empower strengths and character traits that are truly one-of-a-kind.

We’re committed to elevating the diverse voices of our employees with disabilities to educate, expand perspectives, and strengthen empathy.

Our Access at Adobe employee network is focused on supporting and advocating for Adobe employees and family members with disabilities. The network strives to advance disability inclusion while raising awareness through employee spotlights which feature personal stories from our employees with disabilities, injuries, and illnesses.

To honor NDEAM this year, we are centering employee engagement activities around the theme: “We the 15%: Celebrating our Intersectional Identities.” This theme raises awareness of the 15 percent of the world’s population (1.2 billion people) who live with disabilities and inspires all employees to own their identity (gender, race, ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, cultural background, religious beliefs human differences, etc.), break free from stigmas, and foster an environment where everyone belongs.

We will mark the occasion by hosting engaging events and encouraging all employees to get involved in various ways, including:

Image of Timothy with plants in background, red, blue gradient background including a quote that reads: “Annually in October, we take the time to recognize contributions from the disability community in the workplace and throughout society more broadly,” said Timothy Bardlavens, Director of Product Equity at Adobe.

Commitment to an inclusive work culture

During Adobe’s annual Diversity & Inclusion event, Adobe for All Week, we listened to inspiring stories from guest speakers and employees from around the world. We also heard from senior leaders who spoke about our progress, and how coming together to make meaningful change can strengthen diverse representation and create an inclusive place where we all belong.

The event featured powerful perspectives from Adobe employees who shared their own unique stories and experiences and how they defy the odds – ultimately pushing forward to further creativity and inclusion.

Additionally, we support individuals with disabilities through our involvement with The Valuable 500, whose mission is to use the power of business to drive lasting change for the 1.2 billion people around the world, living with a disability. We were also recognized in Disability:IN’s 2022 Disability Inclusion Index as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.

We look forward to celebrating the uniqueness and brilliance of this community and as is our mission, will continue to cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusion year-round that fosters a sense of belonging while elevating diverse or underrepresented voices.

For those that are interested, learn more about how to participate in NDEAM, both during October and throughout the year.