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Job Resources

In the summer of 2018, thanks to the generous support of the Covenant Foundation, I began identifying innovative job sites—across industries and across the country—which are providing training and meaningful work for people with disabilities.

In the coming months, I will be sharing detailed descriptions of the places I have visited. The goal is to help people with disabilities, parents and employers learn what is currently available and to help generate new ideas for creative employment opportunities.

Additional Resources

 I have started a list of innovative job sites and training programs (across the United States and Canada, and around the world) for young adults with disabilities.  I learned that many were started by parents who were feeling “desperate” about the future of their young adult children (ages 18-21 and beyond) as they graduated high school and faced the prospect of a lifetime of unemployment or underemployment.

When I started this project, I had planned to only visit job sites (across the United States, across industries) which were started by parents for their children and for other young adults with similar disabilities.   Through site visits across the country over the past few months, my area of focus has expanded; I have discovered that there are many important “players” working in this space of creative employment opportunities and training for people with disabilities. They include employers—ranging from individuals and small business owners to large corporations, individuals, organizations and foundations. 

I have therefore begun to engage and meet with some of them, with the hope they will be useful partners as this project ideally grows and expands in to a Phase II and potentially on ongoing website/resource in the area of disabilities training and employment. 

I look forward to soon sharing summaries of visits with a presentation of lessons learned and challenges faced.  Here is a list of programs I have visited to date:

Big Al’s Best  Milpitas, CA
Smiling with Hope Pizza Reno, NV
Girl Again-American Girl DollsWhite Plains, NY
Soul Cafe/Soul CenterWest Bloomfield (Detroit), MI
Luv Michael Long Island City, NY
Spectrum DesignPort Washington, NY
John’s Crazy SocksMelville, NY
Words Bookstore Maplewood, NJ
Purely PatrickStowe, VT
Rising Tide Car WashMargate, FL
LifeTownLivingston, NJ
Joy Dew FoundationMidland Park, NJ
Zab’s PlaceCharlotte, NC

We Will Hear and We Will Profit: The Mitzvah of Inclusion

Here I will post additional resources that may be helpful for the disabilities population.

•  Facebook group: Autism Entrepreneurship

Creative Job Sites for People with Disabilities

Soul Café and Soul Studio (and Lifetown-Detroit, MI)

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Smiling With Hope Pizza: NY Pizza With A Social Cause

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Big Al’s Best

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Rising Tide Car Wash

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[WORDS] Bookstore

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Spectrum Designs

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Purely Patrick

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John’s Crazy Socks

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