FEATURED: "We All Have Worth," Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Speaks Passionately at Summit Aiming to Boost Employment
Gov. Robert Bentley, his voice cracking with emotion, told a room full of state business leaders this afternoon at Birmingham's The Club about a disabled Alabamian who worked through his personal challenges to find and hold a job. The man, he said, was delivered by C section and could not breathe at birth. Though resuscitated, he struggled through disabilities to earn a college degree and work at the University of Alabama Library.That man, he said, is his son, Luke. It was one of the few times Bentley has mentioned his son publicly, but it came during an inaugural summit to encourage employers to consider the disabled when filling vacant spots on their workforces. "We all have worth," he said. "That was my little boy. You need to give these people a chance to work and be productive citizens." Read More
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"Vocational Program for Those with Disabilities Changes Lives- Daily Progress - "Alex Graysay, 33, used to keep to himself. The Peters Township resident was quiet and didn't interact much with the people in his life. After working for a couple of local businesses, Graysay's entire demeanor changed. He talks more and has even been known to burst into song and dance. In September, Graysay was confident enough to testify before the state House of Representatives in Harrisburg, where he proudly told those in attendance that he purchased the suit he was wearing with money earned at his job. Read More Here
"Brewery Hires People with Developmental Disabilities" - NBC4 - The brewery in Colorado hires people with developmental disabilities, and teaches them how to make beer. “I was running a day program when I realized from age 21, they don’t have a lot of options and I don’t think sitting around in a warehouse coloring is an appropriate option,” Tiffany Fixter, owner of Brewability Lab, said. See More Here
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