South Carolina
Vocational Rehabilitation Department

Preparing and assisting eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment

28 proud years; it all started at SCVRD

(l to r) Mike Hemann, Focus Factory Manager, Covidien; Eric Sorensen, HR Manager, Covidien; Donald Burton, Counselor, SCVRD; Steve Hodges, Manufacturing Associate, Covidien; John Davis, Senior Value Stream Leader, Covidien; Jimmy Vickery, Plant Manager, Covidien.

“My hope is that all employers will consider that someone with a disability may be the most able person to do a great job,” Steve Hodges says with a smile. Steve has been a valued employee of Covidien, a global healthcare products company and manufacturer of medical devices and supplies, since 1986.

Steve came to SCVRD in the mid 1980s. He was in his early 20s, had no work experience, and felt that his hearing impairment could be perceived as a limitation by potential employers.

But Steve was determined to prove that he could be a great employee.

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