Celebrating 30 years of accessibility

July 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that makes sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

Rosa Companioni started experiencing an array of health issues just as she was starting to take her Best Buy career to the next level.

“It starts to get serious when your doctor tells you, ‘If you continue on the course you’re on, you might not be there in five or 10 years,’” she said. “You feel helpless.”

Rosa, who has worked at Best Buy since 2007, reached out to her manager for help. She was able to take advantage of our comprehensive Workplace Accommodation program, where we look for ways we can make reasonable modifications or adjustments to the work environment whenever possible.

Rosa is not alone. More than 61 million adults in the U.S. — a quarter of the population — report having a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The complexities of living and working with a disability bring valuable skills and traits to the workplace, such as problem-solving, determination and perseverance.

At Best Buy, we believe that an accessible and inclusive workplace is vital to attracting and retaining the best talent and to delivering a great employee experience. We recently earned a perfect score of 100% on the Disability Equality Index, receiving recognition as one of the Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.

To accomplish this, we strive to create an environment where everyone can succeed and grow. In addition to our Workplace Accommodation program,  we provide a variety of mental health resources for employees, and we have an Employee Resource Group dedicated to improving the experience for employees and customers with disabilities.

Visit our careers site to learn more about working at Best Buy.