By Eric Fischer
A nationwide effort to increase hires of disabled Americans is being echoed locally by the Door County Human Services Department. With the increase of people with disabilities entering and re-entering the workforce, Social Security and welfare reliance is shrinking. That’s not the only benefit either, as Cindy Zellner-Ehlers, the recently retired Developmental Disabled Program Manager for the Door County Human Services Department says that the value of work is also social.
Cindy adds that even 10-15 hours a week can be incredibly gratifying for these individuals. She also says that she would like to see business owners continue to champion the focus on the abilities instead of the disabilities.