Walmart announced recently that it plans to eliminate the position of store greeter at all U.S. stores, effective in late April. The news came as a shock to many Walmart greeters, especially those with disabilities. In the past, Walmart had been praised for providing viable jobs for people with a variety of disabilities, offering them the chance to represent the company when customers enter the store.
In recent years, there has been a substantial increase in the number of registered service animals and emotional-support animals in the United States. But despite this spike, many people still don't know that there is a significant difference between "service" animals and "emotional-support" animals.
"This profession historically has viewed themselves as able-bodied in the extreme," says a Harvard Medical School graduate who learned she had multiple sclerosis in medical school.