In 1945, October was designated as National Disability Employment Awareness Month by an act of Congress. Led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
At a time when only 17.9% of individuals with disabilities are employed (https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/disabl.pdf), it is important to acknowledge the talents and abilities within the community that are often untapped because of the loss of a limb. National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportunity to spark a discussion about employing individuals across the ability spectrum. LIM Innovations® is proud to be a leader in the industry when it comes to hiring within the limb loss/ limb difference community.
Nearly 20% of our employees are living with some form of limb loss. From the VP to a contractor, the limb loss community has strong employee representation in every facet of LIM Innovations. Empowering individuals with limb loss isn’t just a passion for the company. For our employees, living with limb loss is personal. We are invested in our adjustable socket technology because many of our employees and friends depend upon our products.
Having employees living with limb loss has helped LIM Innovations continue to develop cutting edge socket technology. Feedback on ideas is often only a cubicle away, allowing us to thoughtfully innovate our products. When our engineers and designers need input, they need to look no further than their peers. Knowing that our sockets are being worn by our coworkers and friends provides an intimate incentive to continue to push the boundaries of innovation.
Our strong history of hiring within the limb loss community is another example of LIM Innovations living up to its tenant of empowerment. We strive to empower the individual through our adjustable sockets. Tapping into the talents and the unique perspectives of our employees with amputations allows us to further empower the greater community by seeking input and feedback at every stage of innovation. We are proud to honor National Disability Employment Awareness Month because we know that our company is stronger because of the unique talents, experiences and perspectives of every employee, regardless of disability status.