Embracing Disability Pride Month: The Heart of Agency 8’s Journey
July is recognized as Disability Pride month, a profoundly personal cause for Rebecca Nutt, the President and Founder of Agency 8. Her journey as a mother to a daughter with Cerebral Palsy, who was born as a micro-preemie, weighing a mere 1 pound and 3 ounces at just 23 weeks gestation, ignited her passion to create Agency 8. Balancing the demands of caring for her daughter, Ava, including therapy, doctor visits, and post-surgery care, while adhering to a traditional work schedule became impractical. Drawing from her experience as a top producer and manager in the Recruiting and Staffing industry, Rebecca established Agency 8 in 2008, driven by her love and care for individuals with disabilities.
The Symbolic Power of Number 8:
Curiosity often surrounds the question of why the number 8 holds significance to Agency 8. The number 8 symbolizes balance, evident in its symmetrical shape. It epitomizes reciprocity, as for every blessing it receives, it generously returns one back to the universe. Balance evokes stability, control, and support. Agency 8 takes immense pride in enabling individuals with unique abilities to thrive and be their best selves.
Disability Pride Month: Celebrating the Global Disability Community:
The global disability community comprises over 1 billion individuals, forming the most extensive and diverse minority group worldwide. People with disabilities transcend age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and socio-economic status. Disability Pride Month embodies the essence of inclusivity and celebrates the resilience of individuals who have historically faced social stigmas and judgment. It intertwines with the civil rights movement, notably marked by the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush.
Creating Agency 8: A Vision of Genuine Care and Community Support:
Throughout the establishment of Agency 8, a profound reflection on the gaps within the staffing industry led to the discovery of a simple solution: genuine care and love for the community. Agency 8 remains steadfast in its commitment to give back and express appreciation to every candidate who submits a resume. The team at Agency 8 has actively engaged in numerous community initiatives, including volunteering as SHRM Lobbyists on Capitol Hill, organizing “Dress for Success” charity events, conducting mock interviews for Special Education students, participating in Habitat for Humanity’s “All Women Build” events, and supporting organizations such as United Cerebral Palsy/Easter Seals and Bay Area Habitat for Humanity.
Disability Pride Month serves as a reminder of the importance of inclusivity, respect, and support for individuals with disabilities. Rebecca Nutt’s personal journey as a mother and her dedication to creating Agency 8 has shaped a company deeply rooted in compassion and care for all. With a firm belief in the power of balance and reciprocity, Agency 8 continues to uplift individuals with unique abilities, enabling them to thrive and contribute their extraordinary talents to the world. To watch our community involvement in action follow us on Social Media platforms.