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Business Network Promotes Hiring Workers With Disabilities
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 28, 2003

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY--A network of business organizations and employment services agencies launched a new effort Tuesday to encourage employers to hire workers with disabilities.

The group, the Northern Kentucky chapter of the Kentucky Business Leadership Network, plans to meet once each month to share the message that it makes good business sense to employ people with disabilities .

"Typically, the agencies have done all this work, going to businesses, knocking on doors and making their pitch," said Tom Fricke, who is blind and whose firm consults on the Americans with Disabilities Act. "Now we're trying to get business to knock on doors and tell people their experiences."

"There is a huge work force out there that wants to work and is willing to work,'' said Chuck McHale, president of McHale Catering which has hired two employees that have disabilities.

"Hiring of disabled workers promoted" (Kentucky Post)
Kentucky Business Leadership Network


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