Finding right fit in job market is an ongoing challenge for people with disabilities

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The Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities uses the month of March to not only recognize those with special challenges but to remind us of the ways we are all the same.


We learn. We play. We work. We worship.


This week, the Daily Reporter celebrates our similarities. Each day, we’ll bring you the story of an extraordinary individual who inspires those around them not in spite of a disability, but because of it.



GREENFIELD — When customers come through her line at Marsh, Sabrina Michael greets each one with a shy smile and politely asks whether they’d like paper or plastic. With 10 years of experience, she knows how to pack each bag of groceries just right.

Tom Cole puts in 40 hours a week at the Shares Inc. factory just south of downtown Greenfield. He does a variety of small assembly and packaging jobs, but he says he’s best at working with the bolts and screws.

Daniel Hughes celebrated his third anniversary this month as a guest attendant at Culver’s. He’s called upon to do a variety of things around the restaurant, from swabbing floors to helping customers carry their trays. His boss describes him as one of his most dedicated employees.

There is seemingly nothing unusual about these workers’ experiences. They show up on time, they work hard, and they are proud to earn a paycheck. But these employees are some of the rare few with disabilities who have found a place in the job market.

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