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Having a Disability Shouldn’t Mean You Can’t Work

Here are Robert and Matt working on their on-the-job training (OJT) at Daily Bread in Melbourne, FL.

Robert and Matt assembled 35 comfort bags for the folks at Daily Bread in Melbourne, FL as part of their on the job training program. The bags consisted of new socks, shoelaces, combs, toothbrush and toothpaste, water, soup, applesauce, poptarts, gum, razors, lotion, writing pens, notebooks and facial wipes plus a handwritten card. Matt continued the next day Continue reading

Promoting Inclusivity in the Workplace for People With Disabilities

Even though October was Disability Employment Awareness Month, we should make every month Disability Employment Awareness Month. Every business owner should be trained to be advocates for people with disabilities so that they can better able to recognize the impediments that these people face when seeking employment and when actually working. Knowing these impediments can better help an employer focus on the strengths that people with disabilities have and reward for those strengths.

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More employers hiring adults with autism

Nathan Myers with his job coach Susan at Saint Lucie Battery & Tire.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 59 teens and young adults that have been diagnosed with autism will enter adulthood in the next decade. However, there are approximately 18.6 million people with disabilities aged 16-64 that are currently employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2016, 17.9 percent of persons with a disability were employed Continue reading

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