Con­sider dis­abil­ity em­ploy­ment

Cecil Whig - - OPINION - Do you think there should be a min­i­mum dis­tance be­tween a food ped­dler and a brick-and-mor­tar restau­rant?


As an at­tor­ney and part­ner at Shaf­fer, McLauch­lin & Stover, LLC, I un­der­stand how crit­i­cal cre­at­ing con­nec­tions within the busi­ness com­mu­nity is to suc­cess. My ca­reer has cen­tered around build­ing part­ner­ships, and as pres­i­dent of The Arc North­ern Ch­e­sa­peake Re­gion’s (The Arc NCR) Gov­er­nance Board, I now have the unique op­por­tu­nity to ed­u­cate the busi­ness com­mu­nity about di­ver­si­fy­ing their work­force with em­ploy­ees who have a dif­fer­ing abil­ity (an in­tel­lec­tual or de­vel­op­men­tal dis­abil­ity).

I chal­lenge the pro­fes­sional com­mu­nity to have a con­ver­sa­tion with their lo­cal chap­ter of The Arc and learn about of­fer­ing equal em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to per­sons of all abil­i­ties at their com­pany. Oc­to­ber is Na­tional Dis­abil­ity Em­ploy­ment Aware­ness Month (NDEAM), a cel­e­bra­tion of the con­tri­bu­tions of work­ers with dif­fer­ing abil­i­ties.

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