01 March 2016
Three days a week, KC Foster makes sure every coffee station at the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is fully stocked and clean. Then he moves on to the copiers, loading them with paper.
And he enjoys it.
Foster, 21, has disabilities. The Gaithersburg resident is spending the academic year in the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes’ Sally and Robert Goldberg Maryland Meaningful Opportunities for Successful Transitions program (MOST). It is a one-year transitional program for individuals with disabilities who have aged out of the public school programs.
The Federation and JFGH are hoping prospective employers will realize that hiring people with disabilities is good for an organization. In addition to being good for the employee, it sends a strong message that everyone is welcome, said Lisa Handelman, community disability inclusion specialist at the Federation.
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By Suzanne Pollak Melissa Apter