Individuals with Disabilities Find an Edge through Apprenticeships, Vocational Rehabilitation and Business Engagement

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Individuals with Disabilities Find an Edge through Apprenticeships, Vocational Rehabilitation and Business Engagement. (Click Here for the Podcast from VR Workforce Studio)

There is an emerging talent crisis in America and companies are scrambling to fill their workforce pipelines with qualified and credentialed employees. In recent years, companies have realized that individuals with disabilities are a great source of talent. Chris Hall works as an industrial manufacturing registered apprentice (IMTA) within his job as a production operator on the “almond job-snack size” line at the Hershey plant in Stuarts Draft, Virginia. Chris’ pathway to employment followed a circuitous and challenging route after childhood trauma left him with a variety of disabilities. Following high school, Chris suffered from anxiety, ADHD and other disabilities, which caused him to seclude himself in his only living relative’s house. He only left the residence once per month while receiving social security benefits.

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