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THE HISTORY OF ATWORK!
More than 55 years ago, two groups of parents, a special education teacher and a service club (The Kiwanis Club of Issaquah) coalesced around the belief that people with disabilities belong in their home communities and have the capacity to work and contribute. In those days, this was an uncommon belief. During a time when people with disabilities were routinely sent away to institutions; our founders were pioneers in community inclusion. Their values and passion fueled their commitment to bring innovative ideas and resources together to create opportunity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Innovation remains the AtWork! way as we continue to be transformative leaders. We have earned national recognition for closing our sheltered workshops, ending sub minimum wags, and empowering people previously deemed unemployable to find and keep good jobs in local businesses.
THE BENEFITS OF HIRING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Diversity. Economic Value. A More Positive Workplace.
AtWork! believes in finding jobs for everyone who wants to work. We need more employers of all sizes to partner with us, to make a difference and to reap the benefits of a wonderful, mutually beneficial relationship. When you partner with AtWork!, you’ll receive:
A TRANSFORMATIVE RELATIONSHIP FOR ALL: Hiring people with disabilities benefits the workers, the community, and your company.
INCREASED MARKET SHARE: Reflecting diversity in your workplace with appeal to your customers. People with disabilities and their families make up a huge selection of the market and they enjoy doing business with supportive companies.
IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY: Effective job matching fits the employee’s abilities to the employer’s needs. The right person for the right job makes everyone more productive.
REDUCED TURNOVER: May repetitive or entry-level positions are well suited for people with disabilities.
IMPROVED MORAL: People with disabilities want to work and contribute. They are motivated and reliable workers who will add value to any team. Their enthusiasm and positive attitudes are contagious.
HIGHER RETENTION: People with disabilities are reliable and dependable workers. They have some of the highest rates of retention of any employee group.
LOW INVESTMENT, HIGH RETURN: There is no additional cost to you the business, other than the employee’s wages. All of our services are free to employers.
If you’re interested in hiring a person with disabilities at your company, or know someone who needs our services, connect with us at: firstname.lastname@example.org