We are focused on driving a sustained culture of accessibility, embracing technology to eliminate barriers, foster innovation, and empower all people to reach their full potential.
A Message from Our Corporate Director of Accessibility
Intel is committed to a culture of accessibility. We encourage every employee to be bold and fearlessly focused on going beyond what they thought possible. Individuals with disabilities add significant value to our workforce and economy. Intel believes that, in order to shape the future of technology, we must be representative of that future.
As the Corporate Director of Accessibility, I am excited to lead our initiative to drive a sustained culture of accessibility -- embracing technology to eliminate barriers, foster innovation and empower all people to reach their full potential.
Emerging technologies are reimagining our world. As these new technologies become a larger part of our workplace and everyday lives, we must ensure they are accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. We can all be change agents to help shape the modern accessible workplace and organizational culture.
I recently shared my own story to help people with hearing loss overcome obstacles and let others with disabilities know they are not alone. By sharing our stories, we promote a psychologically safe environment, enabling individuals to be more engaged and contribute at a higher level. Ultimately, we can change the conversation and break down social stigmas in our workplace and society.
I invite everyone, especially those with disabilities, to be fearless and embrace our full selves unapologetically. Together, we can help shape the future!
Adam Munder is Deaf and a development engineer working at Intel Module Repair (IMR) division, where he researches, develops and implements new module/robot repair procedures, including innovative engineering solutions and technology development. Adam recently shared his Intel experience with Calvin Young from Seek the World. Young, a deaf traveler, founded Seek the World to educate, inspire, and encourage the global deaf community to be connected with others and courage to travel the world.
IT Manager, Agile/Scrum product owner | Penang, Malaysia
I have spina bifida. I've been paralyzed from the waist down since childbirth, and I've been wheelchair-bound ever since. But I don't let my disability be a barrier to my work life.
I joined Intel in August 2005. Back then, my first job was with IT's Technical Assistance Center, helping employees resolve phone-in issues. Fourteen years later, I'm still with IT, doing what I love most: enabling business capabilities and Intel's success via best-in-class IT solution and support. I'm now an Agile/Scrum Product Owner managing an IT Scrum team.
When most people first see me in a wheelchair, they immediately offer to help – it's a gesture I am very grateful for. I'm also very appreciative of Intel Malaysia's site management, who, over the last fourteen years have been supportive in ensuring my workplace is accessible and disability-friendly, and that I get equal opportunities in my career.
My advice for how people should treat disabled employees? That's easy – treat us no differently than you would any able-bodied employee. Don't be afraid to approach me, and please don't treat me any differently. Other than the fact that I'm in a wheelchair, and might have some challenges if infrastructure is inaccessible, I am no different from any other person. By treating everyone equally without prejudice, we're all able to play our role in contributing to Intel, and to get involved in advancing the company and community where everyone with the right skill sets and support system can thrive.
Engineering Area Manager | Costa Rica
I have been living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder for the last 17 years. My OCD started just like turning on a switch in my head during my first years as a husband, parent, and Intel employee. This sudden change not only made my life difficult, but my family's as well since I had no idea what was happening. There was very little information to help me understand why I was having these constant thoughts that something bad was going to happen.
Living with OCD is something I have to deal with on a daily basis. I have to use the techniques I have learned through the years in order to avoid "letting it grow. I was lucky enough to have a coworker who had this type of situation in his family. He helped me get the right help. Being open to tell my story has not been easy. I was afraid of the stigma often associated with mental health. Many questions went through my mind: "What will the people at work think of me now? Would this affect my growth? How are my friends going to look at me?"
I made the decision to be open about it because I want to make a difference. I want to be present for others. I want people having similar health problems to know that they are not alone and there are many ways to get help, ask questions, and share. Intel has created a psychologically safe environment for me to be able to open up and share my story.