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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF DISABILITIES: She cleaned for $3.49 an hour. A gas station just offered her $11.25

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By Press release submission | Jul 4, 2018

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Maryland Department of Disabilities issued the following announcement on June 26.

Employment for people with disabilities is inching higher. That's good news for people with disabilities. But it's really great news for employers, who are getting dedicated, skilled workers!

Colton Channon needed just 90 minutes each day.

Every morning for about a month, in training designed for him, the high school senior with an intellectual disability practiced making steel brackets for trucks at a Des Moines factory. The skill took more than a few tries to master. But his co-workers, he said, cheered him on.

A supervisor stayed close, showing him how to pack the parts neatly into boxes that would ship to Ford, Honda and General Motors. And the effort produced something the 20-year-old once deemed distant: A job offer he could see turning into a career.

Original source can be found here.

Source: Maryland Department of Disabilities

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