NADA Celebrates Disability Pride Month
As we celebrate Disability Pride Month, we honor the talents, skills and valuable perspectives those in the disability community bring to the workplace and their communities through activism and leadership.
Disability Pride Month is celebrated each year in July in recognition of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark legislation was signed into law more than 30 years ago by President George Bush to protect the civil liberties of those with disabilities.
This month is about disability awareness, acceptance, and pride. It provides the opportunity to honor the history, achievements, experiences, and struggles of our friends in the disability community.
Our local dealers have and will continue to employ a diverse cadre of workers and hiring those with a disability is no exception. Having a diverse workplace helps provide value, incorporates new perspectives, and demonstrates our company’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, AND accessibility. This makes us stronger, healthier, and more competitive.
Beyond employment, dealerships are active supporters of those in the disability community. Just a few examples include:
- Gerald Auto Group in Chicago, Ill., has sponsored Little Friends Inc. for more than 35 years. Little Friends Inc. provides services including a Center for Autism with comprehensive therapy, adult day programs, respite services and residential services.
- Krause Auto Group in Alpharetta, Ga., donates a portion of each April sale (April is Autism Awareness Month) to The Lionheart School, which offers unique learning modalities and therapies for kids with autism.
- Lasco Ford in Fenton, Miss., donated $25,000 to the LAFF Pathway to help connect the local communities with non-motorized pathways to create recreational opportunities and alternative forms of transportation, improve public safety, increase community and home values, and realize economic gains for area businesses.
- Lexus of Las Vegas, Lexus of Henderson and Centennial Subaru in Nevada hosted a toy drive to benefit the Southern Nevada nonprofit organization Families for Effective Autism Treatment, which provides information on therapies, support services and resources for those affected by autism spectrum disorder.
- Northside Toyota in Chicago, Ill., donated $3,050 to the YMCA as part of its March Madness Shoot to Win competition in support of the inaugural summer day camp for children with autism.
- Richmond Area Toyota Dealers matched donations up to $10,000 for Special Olympics Virginia at the Richmond Cares fundraiser.
- TriState Ford Lincoln in Maryville, Mo., donated a truck for the Special Olympics Missouri raffle, which raised $143,000.
We are not an industry to simply talk about what we do; our actions say it all. We see each other’s differences as that one thing that makes each of us distinctively, eccentrically, exclusively, and individually unique.