I was delighted to see the response to my post, A Modest Proposal: Jewish Organizations Supporting Disability (Owned and Friendly) Businesses. I will continue to give a shout out to other organizations supporting such businesses.
How could I forget to include FAISR (Friends of Access Israel) in the last post? I was honored to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with FAISR and four people with paraplegia this past February? When I told FAISR Executive Director, James Lassner, about Spectrum Design—and their amazing t-shirts, sweatshirts and more, he could not reach out to this Port Washington, Long Island (New York)-based company fast enough. Our beautiful sweatshirt was created and produced by people with disabilities at Spectrum Design Please read my write up about them here.
I also remembered that Sunflower Bakery in Rockville, MD (with a café in Bethesda!) is both well known as a provider of skilled job training and employment opportunities in the baking and hospitality industries, and a provider of amazing kosher baked goods to many synagogues, Jewish day schools and Jewish Federations—though sales have been understandably down in this age of Covid.
It is exciting to read about more and more businesses employing and created and run by people with disabilities. On December 3-5, the Creative Workforce Solutions Conference will take place online. It is virtual conference to promote special needs focused entrepreneurship and social enterprises. It is very affordable and features a number of places I have visited across the country as I work to create a map of such businesses by state and by industry. Hope to see you there!