These businesses are taking special-needs employees from Disability to ThisAbility, one hire at a time

shared courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities are having a moment.

Folks who have Down syndrome or who are on the autism spectrum, for example, are more visible than ever in companies that are embracing — and benefiting from — the hiring of people whose disabilities, in past generations, would’ve kept them from earning a paycheck.

At the Wawa on South Columbus Boulevard, customers delight in watching store associate John Mitchell hawk samples of smoothies with such gusto that he’s been nicknamed the “Sample King.”

John Mitchell (right), a long-time Wawa employee, with customer Tony Kruth of South Philadelphia as he gives out samples of blender drinks.

At The Precisionists Inc. in Wilmington, colleagues Kalyn Morris and Emily Brymer are winning accolades for their genius in analyzing data for clients like Independence Blue Cross and Exelon.

The Precisionists employee Emily Brymer at the company's offices in Wilmington, Del.

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