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Can Hiring One Employee with a Disability Make a Difference?

When President Barack Obama mentioned the Special Olympics while describing his lack of skill at bowling during the March 19, 2009, episode of The Tonight Show, he immediately realized his gaffe and apologized. But his apology resulted in a challenge from Special Olympics: to consider hiring an athlete to work in the White House.
“It is said that a workforce should reflect the society it serves,” says Nadine Vogel, president of Springboard Consulting and parent of two special-needs children. “That should include people with disabilities.”
“The White House should be placing qualified people in the government to do the job that needs to be done,” says Tony Coelho, the former majority whip of the House of Representatives and a primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “But having a single person at the White House is not very significant,” Coelho told SHRM Online. “We in the disability community have been working since November to get the new administration to appoint people with disabilities throughout the government in all types of jobs, in different agencies of government and at different levels.”
President Obama declared his desire to do just that during a town hall meeting in Los Angeles on March 19. He said he believes it’s important to draw on the capabilities of people with disabilities, not as an afterthought or segregated program, but instead to infuse “every department, every agency, every act that we take with a mindfulness about the importance of persons with disabilities, their skills, their talents, their capacity.”
And that’s what people with disabilities are after.
“I don’t know of any other group in America that wants to pay taxes,” Coelho said. “We want to pay taxes—we want a job.”
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