Employers often overlook the disabled when looking for employees. Christy Brown is fighting the good fight to change that mindset. She changing that attitude one employer at a time. How she helping is "What's Right With Tampa Bay."
"It makes me feel good." Michael Thyrre said. Thyrre's spirits couldn't be any higher. He's 22 and has autism, and he's thrilled to have a job.
"I'm just anxious to move up next year and I just can't wait," he said.
He works concessions for "CenterPlate" at Tropicana Field.
A non-profit group for the disabled called "Placement Works" found Michael the job. Christy Brown started "Placement Works" 13 years ago.
"I was a mental health counselor and I was seeing people for therapy, and what I realized immediately is that people get well faster if they start to work," she says.
Now 2,500 people with disabilities have jobs in Tampa Bay area.
"Our folks come into the workplace, they are ready to work," Christy says. "They are not interested in texting or using their cell phones."
Chris Valenote been on the job for four years.
"It feels very good to work here. Baseball is one of my favorite sports," Chris said.
CenterPlate has hired 19 people working at the Trop from Placement Works.
"Folks with disabilities stay on the job longer they work extremely hard and have incredible attitudes." Christy Brown said.
Changing lives and the world around them one hire at a time.
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