Posts Categorized: Disability & Business

“Chelsea Werner wasn’t supposed to develop the necessary physical attributes. She wasn’t supposed to get past the most rudimentary level of artistic gymnastics. She wasn’t supposed to show the persistence needed to stick with such a rigorous sport. Now Werner has one national championship to her credit and is in England this weekend trying to…

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I came across this article and found it to be very illuminating. I’m lifting the entire article to read here but have linked it to the original site. Let me know what you think…. Why It Pays to Hire Workers with Developmental Disabilities by John Kregel Available formats:    PDF   FOCUS ON AUTISM AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTAL…

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  Adam Wesley/The Gazette Maggie Kollmorgen fills a box with cupcakes in July 2015, at the Scratch Cupcakery in Coralville, Iowa. Kollmorgen, who has Down syndrome, works two-hour shifts at the shop, which accommodated her disability during her training. Most accommodations for people with disabilities cost employers little or nothing. Small accommodations can go a…

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Class Act

SoulPancake’s Class Act video about a teacher at Lawton Middle School in San Francisco is inspiring, touching and shows how something small like a coffee cart can make a huge difference in the lives of teachers & students alike. What’s great about this idea, which isn’t new here in some of Eugene’s High Schools, is that…

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Movie Review

Front of the Class  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8veT5QspylE&w=420&h=315] This Hallmark Hall of Fame production is based on the 2005 book “Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had,” which Brad Cohen wrote with Lisa Wysocky. The book, well worth reading, gives insight into what it is like to live with Tourette’s….

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Social Respon-sibility

“We cannot live only for ourselves.  A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” ~Herman Melville Definition: Acting with concern and sensitivity, aware of the impact of your actions on others, particularly the disadvantaged . Does your business hire people with developmental disabilities or donate to a homeless shelter? A growing number of consumers…

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Autistic coders get jobs

Autistic Coders Get Jobs as Microsoft, SAP Woo Software Sleuths   By Olga Kharif David McNabb. Source: Ultra Testing via Bloomberg David McNabb graduated from college with a computer science degree in 2001 yet never found a job in his field or any field, failing at interview after interview. Those meetings with prospective employers “were definitely…

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Tech and Disabilitiy

After decades as a niche market, the disabled have become a driving force in technology and a giant inspiration for innovation. And according to some, this is coming fast, within the next 5 years. Here’s a short clip showcasing some of the innovative technology that are just around the corner and proof that disabilities are…

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Positive Impact

Employees with disabilities can have a positive impact on profitability MARK WAFER Contributed to The Globe and Mail Published Thursday, Feb. 04, 2016 5:00AM EST Employees with disabilities can have a positive impact on profitability Mark Wafer is a Tim Hortons franchise owner in Toronto and an advocate for Canadians with disabilities. I’m a long-time…

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By Jan Aho for the Register Guard Executive Director of Pearl Buck Center March is National Disability Awareness Month. It is the perfect time to celebrate the progress that communities across the nation have made with regard to being aware of the gifts that people with various abilities bring to our communities. In the 1990s,…

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