People who have life-long disabilities from birth traumas often face discrimination as they age. Many employers will turn them away because they’re afraid they can’t do the job or will raise their insurance rates, despite anti-discrimination laws.
ZABS Place Boutique is a thrift store that has been helping people with disabilities find their passions. According to co-founder Rochen Groner, many people with disabilities have been kept from finding their potential because able-bodied people keep holding them back.
“The excitement and the joy that they get from accomplishing things is really, really incredible,” Groner says. “And they notice their own progress.”
The goal of the shop is to teach people with disabilities customer service and retail skills, then get them placed in other jobs within the community. According to the staff and the workers, they’re accomplishing the mission.
One way they spread awareness is by filming weekly videos that highlight the workers, the challenges they’ve faced, and how they’re overcoming them.
Disability discrimination is something families have to watch for and teach their children how to overcome once they’ve been hit with a trauma. Asking for reasonable accommodation while also stretching your limits where you can is an important part of that.