Monday, November 14, 2011

P&G Hires Workers with Disabilities

AUDBURN, Maine -- Daniel Twitchell is a 21-year-old recent high school graduate who can’t vocalize more than 50 or so words. To express his needs, he uses signs, word boards and a tablet programmed with simple phrases and words. Despite this limitation, he landed a job at Procter & Gamble’s Tambrands factory in Auburn this summer, and since then, has become the face of P&G’s inclusive hiring initiative. When the company on Aug. 2 unveiled a new manufacturing station where Twitchell and other employees with disabilities work, it was Twitchell who cut the ribbon.
Asked whether he likes his job, Twitchell nods “yes” repeatedly, closing his eyes behind his glasses to reinforce the feeling. He has just wrapped up a six-hour shift as one of the company’s newest hires in a work-force development program that has been surprisingly successful in its three months of operation.

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