Goodwill Works: Meet Heather

21-year-old Heather shares why she's a great employee and why she doesn't let her disability slow her down. "It doesn't matter," she said. "If you are able to work, then they should hire you..."

Many employers, however, don't hire individuals with disabilities, causing a major disparity in employment rates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 17% of people with disabilities are employed, compared to 65% of those without disabilities.

Part of our job at Goodwill is to bridge the gap between employer and employee, helping business owners feel comfortable and supported hiring individuals with disabilities. If you are interested in learning more about hiring individuals with disabilities, call us at 865.588.8567.