For National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we thought it would be cool to profile one of UCP’s customers, Emanuel.
Emanuel uses services from UCP’s Employment Solutions division. He works at a Portland-area hospital, and has had his job (Transportation Aid) for more than six years.
Here’s what Emanuel has to say about his job:
What are your job duties?
“My job duties vary. I collect labs from the clinic. I also transport beds, stretchers, wheelchairs, and items such as pumps to other departments. I also run the elevator for patients to get to their destination.”
What do you like about your job?
“My co-workers. I have good co-workers who help me out if I need help or have questions. I also have good supervisors.
What is it like working at a hospital during a pandemic?
“It has been really tough for me—I need to be extra cautious so that I will not contract the virus because of other issues with my health. I am getting through it, but it is not easy.
Is there anything else you want to share?
“For people who might think working at a hospital is not possible for them. I want to tell them ‘no, it IS possible for you’.”
“In the hospital you need to talk to people a lot, and that is hard for me, but time went by and I got used to it. At times it is still difficult—sometimes people don’t understand me—but that doesn’t mean that I can’t work at the hospital.”
“I want people to know that what I do is not impossible with a disability. ‘Go for it,’ is what I say.”
And congratulations on your six-year anniversary at the hospital!