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THE se­cret to a good dough is of­ten in the han­dling and Trent Porter has a proven gift. Af­ter strug­gling to find work and sup­port, Porter, 21, is now a val­ued mem­ber of the Ea­gle Boys Pizza fran­chise and works 17 hours a week. The young man has found a con­fi­dence that helps him man­age the lim­i­ta­tions of his dis­abil­ity and con­trib­ute to the work­force. ‘‘There is a sense of achieve­ment out of work­ing, which is some­thing I can’t give to him,’’ says his mother, Mar­got Porter. ‘‘I can’t stress enough how amaz­ing it is.’’ Porter was born with Down Syn­drome and took part in weekly work ex­pe­ri­ence at a re­tail store at school to pre­pare him for the rou­tines of a work­place and ground him in new skills.

10 per cent of the work­force, or 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple, have a dis­abil­ity 510,500 dis­abled work­ers are re­stricted in the type of work they can per­form 412,200 work­ers with a dis­abil­ity find it dif­fi­cult to change jobs or se­cure the job they want

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