There are an estimated 1 billion people in the world – about 15 percent of the population – with disabilities. SAS supports people of all abilities and leverages their diverse talents.
We have always had a diverse workforce. Our multi-dimensional culture blends our different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives from our employees worldwide. And we want everyone to feel confident expressing their ideas and know that they will be respected for their unique contributions and abilities. This is what truly makes us a great place to work for all.
We’re working to make sure students and professionals of all abilities can succeed in the classroom and the 21st century knowledge economy. Ed Summers Head of Accessibility SAS
Outreach and Engagement
SAS collaborates with organizations to help students and adults with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities in the achievement of their personal and professional goals.
Engineering Camp for Visually Impaired & Blind Students
SAS helps organize a one-week summer engineering camp for students with visual impairments. Students come to SAS’ campus to learn about our accessible software for users with visual impairments.
TEACCH Autism Program
SAS has been working with TEACCH for more than 20 years through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Two full-time and four part-time employees with Autism Spectrum Disorder work for SAS with support from their job coaches. Many of these employees have worked on the food services team for 20 years and have extremely low absenteeism and turnover.
Autism Spectrum Technical Internship Program for Students
SAS is partnering with LiNC-IT & TEACCH to launch an intern program for students on the Autism Spectrum. Too often autistic persons/ people with autism / on the spectrum have a difficult time making it through a neurotypical hiring process due to struggles with communication skills, sensory issues, executive functioning, and lack of confidence.
The Autism Spectrum Technical Internship program will provide a unique interviewing process and training program to help address these challenges and bridge the gap between academic and on the job learning to aid in obtaining meaningful employment. Eligible students must be currently enrolled in an accredited technical degree program and still have a semester of school left after the summer. For more information and expressing your interest for next year’s program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arc of the Triangle
SAS has partnered with Arc of the Triangle for more than seven years by employing five students during the summer to work in the cafes. Together, we are supporting these students as they accomplish their goal of obtaining their Occupational Course of Study diploma.
Wake County Public School System (WCPSS)
For more than 20 years, SAS has worked with the WCPSS to support nearly 1,150 students seeking to obtain credit toward graduation by volunteering in the cafes part-time throughout the school year. Each year, approximately 40 students volunteer from 11 area high schools learn basic food service skills with mentorship from our cafe staff. We provide a complimentary lunch to the students and their Wake County coaches.
Neurodiversity is a win-win. Hiring and supporting individuals with Autism is not new for SAS. Check out our blog post about how we have been supporting neurodiversity for over 20 years in our food services department.
STEM Career Showcase for Students With Disabilities
An annual educational event sponsored by SAS and other community partners where attendees of all ages meet role models with disabilities who have thriving careers in STEM fields.
I am proud to work for a company that recognizes the need for and the potential of neurodiversity. Inclusion and diversity are strengths. When processes and operations present barriers to contributing, we are limiting ourselves. The Autism Spectrum Internship Program tears down barriers for interns on the autism spectrum. The majority of autistic individuals have exceptional talents, often in technical domains. Their unemployment and underemployment rate exceed 80 percent. We can do better. Oliver Schabenberger EVP, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technology Officer