Amazon center in Phoenix providing work for people with disabilities

Oct 24, 2019, 4:45 AM
(Image by Jordan Stead/Amazon)...
(Image by Jordan Stead/Amazon)
(Image by Jordan Stead/Amazon)

PHOENIX — Disability is no match for Amazon Fulfillment Center workers in Phoenix.

Aaron Clark, a process assistant, makes sure his team is positioned correctly in the 1.2-million square foot building.

“It’s really busy,” he said. “It’s something to do every day. Even when it’s slow it’s always busy.”

Clark participated in a tour of the facility with Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz) Wednesday in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The 29-year-old Clark is autistic, but he says Amazon has a knack for getting the right people who want to work.

“They want the right people, the people that are going to work that want to be here, and the people that look forward to providing good service for the company,” Clark said.

The Beacon Group connects people with disabilities to employers like Amazon and its Alternative Workforce Supplier Program.

“People with disabilities are more dedicated to the work,” said Greg Natvig, president and CEO. “They’re happier in their jobs. They typically have better attendance. They’re better long-term employees.”

Natvig says most employers need only to slightly modify job responsibilities to accommodate.

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Amazon center in Phoenix providing work for people with disabilities