According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 1 out of every 5 people will navigate a disability at some point in their life — whether it be physical, cognitive, psychological, visible, or non-visible.
To raise awareness of this startling statistic, our employee resource group, EQUIP, recently held several events in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). A campaign held every October, NDEAM raises awareness about employment issues for disabled people, and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
The festivities kicked off at our weekly Manifesto meeting.
EQUIP also hosted a fundraiser at New York City's Gotham Comedy Club — "Stand Up for EQUIP" — to benefit the organization, Tech Kids Unlimited. A technology-based educational organization for children ages 7-20 with special needs, Tech Kids Unlimited teaches its students independence and practical skills like coding that ultimately help with employment options later in life.
During the show, Yexters, friends and family, and several staff members from Tech Kids Unlimited were in stitches hearing from local comedians.
Yexters in attendance gather for a group photo.
In total, the program raised more than $4,500 for the organization — with $1,500 in ticket sales, a matching donation from Yext, and additional individual contributions from Yext staff members.
We are very proud of the family we have built at Yext, and give special thanks to our employees with disabilities and the unique perspective they bring to our company. Interested in joining our team? Check out our open positions.