Workers with disabilities can make excellent employees. People with autism can literally be the best candidates for some jobs. Placed at the right job, employees on the autism spectrum can be super workers. For example, one company hired software testers who were on the autism spectrum, on one project – the workers found 56 percent more bugs than IBM did in its own software. HP and Microsoft and other tech companies have launched programs to recruit and train workers on the autism spectrum, as have non-tech companies, including AMC Theatres, Proctor & Gamble, and Walgreens.
Disability Mentoring Day, which takes place in October was initiated in 1999. On this day businesses, organizations and universities are matched with disabled people who are ready to work. These programs allow participants to shadow employees and get real-world hands-on experience. Some of the organizations that offer job opportunities to disabled workers are Ability Jobs (abilityjobs.com), Best Buddies (bestbuddies.org), Career One Stop (careeronestop.org), Disability Job Exchange (disabilityjobexchange.com), The Dan Marino Foundation (danmarinofoundation.org). De Hart Plumbing Heating and Cooling, serving Manhattan Kansas, Junction City Kansas, Wamego Kansas, Topeka Kansas and some surrounding areas.