I learned about a manufacturer in Wichita Kansas

@GardenGerty (99411)
United States
November 21, 2007 6:34am CST
that is a terrific source of employment for persons with disabilities. They make all of our state license plates, and they also have other things they manufacture for other industries.To work there an employee has to be off of all state aid. They are paid a competitive wage, and there is an engineer to adapt any process or machine to any specific disability. This allows people with disabilities to become taxpayers and contributers to our economy. Pays for their needs, and puts tax money back into the state coffers. It is an idea that works in Kansas. Do you know of any similar programs? What can we do to allow the disabled to support themselves?
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
22 Nov 07
This seems to be similar to our industries for the disabled. One in Adelaide is at Bedford Park. They also produce quality goods for sale. I know there is also an industry at Port Augusta where I come from. My distant cousin, with Downs Syndrome also works there, & he likes it. I am not sure what what they are paid, or if they still get government benefits. I know the Government gives incentives to employers who employ disabled people in any suitable capacity. I am quite sure disabled people would prefer to support themselves. The community & the Government can help this process by providing quality training, incentives to employers & by providing transport for those disabled who can't use public transport. Plus, they should be trained to the highest possible level, just like able bodied people.
@GardenGerty (99411)
• United States
25 Nov 07
All of those things would contribute to a win-win situation, with people becoming tax payers, not just benefit recipients.
@raydene (9875)
• United States
22 Nov 07
Here in my area we have Mountain Lakes Resourses...They have some industries where disabled work. They also teach and counsel developementally disabled folks on life skills...If a company hired the disabled through this the company only pays 1/2 the salary while MLR pays the other half..They run on some state aid but mostly on fundraising. xooxxoxo
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• United States
21 Nov 07
What a great thing to do. Not only do they earn money but their self esteem/pride must shoot sky high.
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
21 Nov 07
We also have these types of employment for those with disabilities, some of them even excelled and prove to toher people that they are more able than any of us normal people. One particular story is about a man who lost his two arms, who worked as a security guard. He has make good use of what's left of him, overcame his disability and can play some sports. There are also those blind people, who studied reflexology and make a living out of massaging. They are groups, though I'm not sure if they are also covered by the government tax. But there's also one local toothpaste manufacturing factory here who supports people with disabilities. From blind to deaf-mute, all of them as I believe are given special benefits and are fully-covered by their good employer. They receive everything that a normal employee receives, they pay taxes and are given equal treatments!;) I think they are the one's that other employers should take a look at, as they are also competitive like us.
@riyasam (16578)
• India
21 Nov 07
oh you found out in u.s.i do know of any similar organisation in india.if any body could find out,it would be very useful.
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@violeta_va (4834)
• Australia
4 Dec 07
Australia has lots of things like this . In fact there are special agencies that work with both employees and employers to provide work for the disabled. Even playcement centres (that is where the people with disabilities are taken during the day where they learn skills and go out) they also have small jobs like packing aeroplane headphones in bags.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
27 Nov 07
That is so cool. I hope they keep it up. We do not have anything like that around here.
@fab315 (1242)
• Philippines
25 Nov 07
Hello! That's really a nice thing to do. Helping people with disabilities and uplifting their spirits. I've heard some organizations in the country where I came from doing the same thing. They're making some baskets, plastic flowers and other home decors and get paid like a normal employees. And buying such products made by them is a way of supporting them and helping them generate more income. take care *smile* ciao! c",)