FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 12, 2021
Partnership Brings Disabilities to Forefront of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Arizona
WITH STN IN PHOENIX-BASED VIDEO SERIES
PHOENIX, November 12, 2021 — Over 1.5 Million Arizonans live with a disability. Ability360, Guild Mortgage and STN want to ensure that people with disabilities are acknowledged in talks about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). A new partnership of the three companies, which launched in October, takes action on this initiative with full episodes about disabilities and DEI, as part of the biweekly STN original series, “The Community Collaborative” streamed on Mondays on the STN app.
“We’re thrilled to have Ability 360 on board as a presenting partner. This partnership allows us to bring their thought leaders to the table and immediately identify where our community can improve diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for all people with disabilities,” said Eric Sperling, Managing Director at STN and host of The Community Collaborative series.
Launched in 2020, “The Community Collaborative” is a series about how leaders in business can best manage DEI initiatives, according to leadership in various cultural and ethnic communities. The series was launched in partnership with executives from the Black Chamber of Arizona and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“The partnership with STN provides a tremendous platform to educate the community about the resources and services at Ability360 as well as a great example of a positive and productive community and business-based partnership and collaboration,” said Ability360 President and CEO Chris Rodriguez.
Ability360 provides services and resources empowering people with disabilities to take personal responsibility to achieve or continue independent lifestyles.
“Guild Mortgage Company in Arizona is proud to partner with Ability360 in their Take360 campaign to continue to support and empower people with all disabilities. Our values align with one another through our passion for home and community to help those with disabilities achieve or continue independent lifestyles,” said Shannon Heinze, Area Manager, Guild Mortgage Company.
About STN | STN was founded by a collection of local TV journalists who felt the Arizona news industry offered little value in providing what communities really needed to thrive. STN aims to create a new media experience by giving community leaders a platform to educate, advocate and lead.
About Ability360 | Ability360 continues a long-standing tradition of empowering programs for people with all disabilities. Ability360 offers and promotes programs to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. The Independent Living philosophy states that people with disabilities should have the same civil rights, options, and control over choices in their own lives as do people without disabilities.
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