Bill Carol is a manager on PRIDE’s South Floor in our Roseville facility. He is also the father of a son with a disability. He is passionate about his job and ensuring that our customer’s needs are met. He is equally passionate about his team and the opportunities that PRIDE provides to people with disabilities.
We discovered that Bill has talents beyond Logistics and Supply Chain management. He is also an eloquent writer. PRIDE’s mission is to create jobs for people with disabilities. He captures that here…in his own words.
Imagine being born into a world where you were segregated from a very early age. Imagine a world where expectations for you were lowered because you were different from those around you. Imagine entering the workforce and having little to no opportunities to achieve or meet your personal career goals.
It’s hard to imagine that world, and yet, it is a very real reality for millions of Americans with disabilities such as mental retardation, down’s syndrome, autism and other developmental disabilities.
As a parent of a young man who has autism, I’ve experienced first hand the trials and tribulations that people with disabilities face every day. I want what any father would want for his son, for him to become a self sufficient, productive and happy member of society.
Talk with any person with a disability and you realize that they have the same goals and expectations that everyone has. There is nothing special about the desire to be accepted as a person; nothing special about wanting to be treated with respect and courtesy; nothing special about wanting a job. These are the ordinary basic expectations of all of us.
I have conversations daily with folks here at PRIDE and they echo that sentiment. David S., a worker on my floor, talks passionately about his work. It gives him self worth. He speaks of retiring at 65 and enjoying the fruits of his labor. 20 more years David, and you’ll be living the good life!
For far too long people with disabilities have had to lower their expectations. Now, at last, we have a company committed to people with disabilities having the rights and opportunities the rest of us take for granted.
There can be no more important goal than making sure people with disabilities have access to the world of work. Access to the PRIDE of knowing you are useful and deserving of respect. It is the gateway to so much more.
“Treat a person as they are and they will remain as they are. Treat a person as they ought to be and they will become what they can and should be.” – Goethe