Progress is something to celebrate.

At FirstBank, we like to celebrate our employees’ achievements whether it is financial, professional, recreational, or physical. This month we’re celebrating progress for individuals with disabilities.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the myriad of contributions made by American workers with disabilities.

This national campaign began 70 years ago and has grown from a week-long celebration to a month-long celebration. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, an act that has broken down barriers and empowered people with disabilities in regard to employment, and has been updated to include more disabilities over the years.

While we have made strides related to increasing employment among individuals with disabilities, we still have areas where we can improve as a society. This is a great time to remind ourselves that disabilities do not define people and remember that not all disabilities are physical.

We recently hosted a Disability Awareness Workshop where we learned about different types of disabilities, disability etiquette, benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities and misconceptions about individuals with disabilities. FirstBank continually works to implement improvements to our recruiting efforts to make sure we reach more individuals with disabilities. Our available job openings are regularly updated at www.efirstbank.com/careers. Current FirstBank career opportunities include traditional branch, customer service, Information Technology, and various other roles at FirstBank HQ.

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