Diversity Perspectives

Jason Disponzio

Recruiting Supervisor

Why is disability inclusion important to you?
It always allows me to feel like a part of the team and that no one treats me differently because of the disability that I have. I am always judged on my work and what I bring to the team and not treated like I am only where I am because it checks a box for the company.

Why is it important for companies to make disability inclusion a priority and/or have disability-inclusive workplaces?
Just because someone has a disability does not mean that they are any less productive than someone without one. When the company makes the effort to include someone who is disabled and treats them the same as someone without one, it shows that they value the person and want a person who has a disability to be successful.

How is Vectrus creating a more inclusive workplace for disability?
Vectrus has gone above and beyond to make sure that I have everything I need to get the job done on a daily basis. My leadership always keeps the things I need in mind, from time off to attend VA appointments to ensuring I have the equipment I need—from a special chair to a special headset—to make sure I can hear when on meetings or phone calls.

How has Vectrus supported you in your career?
My senior leaders are always checking in on me and asking if I need anything and how I am doing when I come back to work from an appointment to ensure things are good with not only me but also my family. They have kept in mind that there are times that may be harder for me to deal with different events and dates, and have offered support in helping me to not focus on those dates.

Why did you feel the need to self-report your disability?
I felt that self-reporting my PTSD, hearing loss, and other physical disabilities to the company and my direct supervisors has helped them understand when anniversaries and more difficult days are occurring. I may need extra support from them during those times. I hope that it also lets others in the company know that they are not alone in their battles and that they can be open to support from their supervisors and all their peers who may be going through the same thing.

What advice do you have for others who are thinking of sharing their stories and/or disclosing?
I would encourage them to share their stories. I have found that sharing the things I have been through helps me cope during hard times. It has also helped me build a strong support channel. It will help others to know that they have someone to support and help them get through anything they are going through.

What’s one thing that you want people to remember about those with disabilities?
I would like them to know that not all disabilities are visible or physical. Someone who has a disability does not want to be treated any differently from the person to the left and right of them. We may need special things to get the job done, but we want to be counted on just the same as anyone else.

Janet Holcomb

Senior HRIS Analyst Trainer

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.