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Seeing Beyond Labels – Hiring People with Disabilities

One of the primary missions of Goodwill South Florida is training, employment and job placement for people with disabilities and other barriers. Carolina Adrianzen, Admissions Manager at Goodwill South Florida, is at the forefront of this initiative.

Her role is to work with these individuals and help them find jobs in our community. She shares her experiences in working with people with disabilities in our Q&A:

Tell us what makes it so special and unique to work with people with disabilities?

People with disabilities are looking for an opportunity to demonstrate that they are able to work and be productive just like everyone else. When they get a job, they create a bond of gratitude and affection with the organization and their co-workers.

What are some of the advantages of hiring people with disabilities?

They take great care of their work and want to do it well. This allows companies who hire them to maintain stable employees, which positively affects turnover rates. For higher success and job retention we encourage consistency in attendance and production in our training programs.

How can potential employers see beyond a person's disability and see that they have much to contribute?

Companies contribute to the community and improve quality of life when hiring people with disabilities. Employers should ask what their staffing needs are, and how they see themselves including people with disabilities and make an action plan. We suggest starting internship programs, working with job coaches to help them grow their skills, and partnering with non-profits that support people with disabilities. These steps will make companies more inclusive, and at the same time, help them find and hire dedicated employees.

For more information about how you can partner with Goodwill South Florida to help fund programs for training, employment and job placement for people with disabilities and other barriers to work contact:

Vanessa Sanchez | Development Manager at  (305) 326-4173