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Hiring People with Disabilities

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Visitor Comments: 6

(4) Nancy, June 28, 2015 1:39 PM

To commenter Ann Canada

Is it possible that your friend appears to be more high functioning than she truly is? Please forgive me if I have offended you in any way. Perhaps your friend was fired from a job for not being aware of social cues. Many people with high functioning autism are quite bright and learn to do the job at hand very quickly. However, it is the soft skills that hold them back. Re: Agencies taking a cut. There are good and bad agencies, just like there are good and bad employers. That is why people with special needs need to know how to self advocate. I wish your friend all the best in whatever she chooses to do. Again, I was not trying to be snarky in any way.

(3) Ruth, June 25, 2015 5:16 PM

same type of cafe in Toronto

Please be aware that there is a cafe and catering service in Thornhill, next to Toronto, Canada that is the same as the Sunshine Bakery you talk about.. Additionally, it has educational and social programming for Jewish young adults. The organization is called DANI. Their website is dani-toronto.com

(2) SusanE, June 25, 2015 3:09 PM

That's Nice.

Lots of places here hire the disabled, but for a different reason. They hire them because the employer can pay lower than minimum wage to that worker.
Does the Sunshine Café pay it's disabled workers a minimum or above wage?

Nancy, June 26, 2015 9:10 PM

Re: Commenter #2 Susan E.

It is crucial that people with disabilities learn how to self advocate. Have they been exploited by some organizations in the past? Certainly! However, not EVERY employer is cut from the same cloth. Hopefully a supportive family member/friend can help the individual learn how to navigate these challenging waters.

Ann Canada, June 28, 2015 10:56 AM

SusanE you make a very good point--it is a concern I share with you, having encountered it many times. And the problem goes beyond employers who exploit people with special needs. I have a friend who is perfectly capable of finding work on her own, yet her "special needs worker" and others have convinced her that she must go through that agency to find employment. From every penny she earns, that agency takes its cut.

Now, putting all this aside for a moment, let us not miss the important message Mrs. Palatnik makes about our universal need to be patient, loving and understanding of one another! B'H

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