• Charles Evans

    Site Manager – Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP) Muwaffaq Salti Air Base (MSAB) Dining Facility (DFAC)

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    Why is disability inclusion important to you?
    Being accepted and feeling just as competent as others while having a disability speaks volumes to me. This is what initially sparked my interest to work for Vectrus.

    Why is it important for companies to make disability inclusion a priority and/or have disability-inclusive workplaces?
    Diversity and inclusion are extremely important within any company, it gives leaders the ability to utilize their assets, while creating a cohesive atmosphere at their workplace.

    How is Vectrus creating a more inclusive workplace for disability?
    Vectrus allocates me with enough sick leave annually, as well as other avenues, to accommodate my disability. As a disabled veteran suffering with PTSD, there are times where an additional day of rest is needed to regroup and regain my composure.

    How has Vectrus supported you in your career?
    My senior leaders constantly email, call, or text and ask about my morale as well as how my team is doing. They often encourage me to take time off and ensure that the team is mentally and physically healthy.

    Why did you feel the need to self-report your disability?
    I felt that self-reporting was the right thing to do since PTSD has multiple layers with different sensitivities. I wanted to ensure that I was as open and honest as possible about my condition.

    What advice do you have for others who are thinking of sharing their story/disclosing?
    I would recommend that anyone with a disability share their story. In my opinion, it will only make you stronger and allow your teams to better understand one another.

    What’s one thing that you want others to remember about those with disabilities?
    I would like others to know that we are highly functional, competent, and productive individuals who unfortunately have hurdles and obstacles that we must navigate daily.

  • Janet Holcomb

    Senior HRIS Analyst Trainer

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    Why is disability inclusion important to you?
    Because I have a disability – I’m hearing impaired and must lip read and use hearing aids to understand what is being said. Why is it important for companies to make disability inclusion a priority and/or have disability inclusive workplaces? Many people who have disabilities can still do the work just as effectively as someone without a disability if they have the correct accommodations.

    How is Vectrus creating a more inclusive workplace for disability?
    Before Vectrus can assist in making a more inclusive workplace employees must make Vectrus aware of their disability and needs. I’ve made my disability known so that the company can assist me in ways that help me do my job. They have made phone accommodations for me – I’ve always had a special hearing-impaired phone and headset that allow for increased volume and clarity of hearing. Moving from having a single office to a cube has been challenging, but I have received the help I need.

    How has Vectrus supported you in your career?
    Over the years, they have been willing to work with me and have gone above and beyond to find a phone for me. I worked with IT and HR on these accommodations when I moved to the new headquarters building. I’m not afraid to seek help when I need it.

    Why did you feel the need to self-report your disability?
    Speaking up for yourself and your needs is really the first step. I’m hearing impaired and need special accommodations.

    What advice do you have for others who are thinking of sharing their story/disclosing?
    Having a disability is not a negative life sentence. It may be more challenging for some than others, but awareness helps others to understand us. People with disabilities don’t necessarily want special attention, they just want the chance to work, learn, and do their job effectively just like everyone else. If I don’t answer someone, it’s not because I’m ignoring them or not speaking, it’s because I didn’t hear them. Many times, it’s nearly impossible for me to catch everything that is said on conference calls, and all-hands meetings, where speakers walk around the room, can be very challenging. My advice is to always give someone a second chance to reply, and make sure they understood everything.

    What’s one thing that you want people to remember about those with disabilities?
    People with disabilities are normal people like everyone else. They just may need some extra assistance and accommodations.