Johnson Controls helps individuals with disabilities find meaningful work

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People with disabilities also have abilities that make them excellent employees. Yet, unemployment among this segment of our society is extraordinarily high – 90 percent in Puerto Rico, for example. 

The Corporate Source (TCS) is changing this. They are part of the non-profit YAI Network, whose agencies offer programs and advocacy to provide individuals with disabilities more opportunities for employment and a better life. 

Since setting up operations in Puerto Rico in 2000, TCS has trained and placed numerous individuals in public sector jobs. These jobs include maintenance, grounds keeping, mailroom and clerical services, mechanical work and washing government fleet vehicles.

“Our vision is to get employers to see beyond disabilities and focus on what people can do, not what they can’t,” said Joe Garcia, YAI Director of Puerto Rico Services.
The agency has also reached out to the private sector. Recently, Johnson Controls became the first local company to hire a person with a disability from TCS. That person, who is a TCS employee, works full-time at a Johnson Controls branch office, performing maintenance and grounds keeping services.  

“Our vision is to get employers to see beyond disabilities and focus on what people can do, not what they can’t,” said Joe Garcia, YAI Director of Puerto Rico Services. “Johnson Controls was very receptive to the idea that people with disabilities are as capable as anyone to become productive employees.” 

Creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities is consistent with the company’s goals and values. Johnson Controls is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and that includes everyone -- Especially individuals with disabilities.
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