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LaunchAbility Focuses on Ability

 

LaunchAbility is a job-placement service for underserved and overlooked adults with cognitive disabilities. The non-profit organization places men and women with Autism, Down Syndrome, stroke, or significant learning disabilities who not only desire to join the workforce, but, with guidance and training, are more than able to do so. Training and placement services give careers, confidence, and independence to clients who would otherwise be solely dependent on their families or social services.

Placing adults with diverse abilities who want gainful employment is life altering not only for them, but also for the companies that hire them.

LaunchAbility’s literature states, “Our clients may have challenges in certain functions, but every one of them can do something well. Our job is to unearth that hidden—or not so hidden—ability and align it with an employer to create a perfect symbiotic work relationship. In the end, we are all about eliminating the dis from disability, disrespect and disadvantage.”

Services range from career development/coaching, resume/interview preparation, job identification, and on-the-job coaching for clients  to disability etiquette training and consulting for employers.

“LaunchAbility creates life-changing opportunities for its clients to gain confidence and independence,” says Jeff Zlotky, a Dallas-based attorney who serves on its Community Advisory Board.

For more information on hiring, finding employment, or volunteering visit Launchability.org.

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