I am Mary Angelini Co Founder of Gabi’s! I was crushed when I realized NO ONE would hire my daughter, despite her love of service, hard work and bubbly personality.
This discrimination is super-common for adults with special abilities. Only 18% of adults with a special ability are employed. That’s why Gabi and I are focused on employing more people with special abilities. We currently have over 40 employees at our 2 nonprofit companies: Gabi’s Grounds & Gab’s PALS.
Gabi’s provides workforce training, education, and other support programs to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to help them secure employment, contribute to society, and live a purposeful, rewarding life.
Vision: Gabi’s Powered by Special Abilities sees a world where 80 percent of people with IDD are part of a thriving workforce and community using their unique and detail-oriented superpowers to contribute to the world as gainfully employed and purpose-driven people. This is in stark contrast to the current 80 percent unemployment rate for this population.
Values: Culture, diversity, inclusion, belonging, education, underemployed, economic empowerment
The Population With Disabilities (PWD) in the U.S. is largely underserved. About 82 % are unemployed.
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