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Company Finds Success In Hiring Workers With Disabilities
July 22, 2005

SALEM, NEW HAMPSHIRE--The New Hampshire Union Leader ran a brief story about Univex, a manufacturer of industrial kitchen equipment, and its success in hiring people with disabilities.

About 10 percent of the company's workforce have physical or intellectual disabilities. They are so well integrated into the workforce that, according to a local employment services provider, "some of the employees there don't even know the (disabled) employees have a disability."

Officials at Work Opportunities Unlimited, which placed the first worker at Univex two years ago, explained that community-based employment in integrated settings has advantages over sheltered workshops.

"It gives the person a sense of value," Stephen A. Wood, President of Work Opportunities Unlimited told the Union Leader. "(That person) is seen as an asset rather than a burden."

"The cost per person is higher initially," Wood said. "But in the long term it's less expensive to the state."

On Thursday, Governor John Lynch visited Univex and commended it for its commitment to people with disabilities.

"Lynch cites firm's policy of hiring disabled workers" (Union Leader)


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