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Helping the Disabled Lead Productive Lives

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Most people with disabilities want to work.  It's more about getting the opportunity to work because, let’s face it, there can be some barriers to getting a job for some people with disabilities.  Sometimes the barriers can be imposed because we make assumptions about what people with disabilities can or can't do; and this can indeed limit the opportunities for good workers with disabilities to connect with good jobs.  But our next guest says there are several South Carolina companies that are now specifically recruiting people with disabilities.

Mike Switzer interviews Mike Teachey, executive director of the Barbara Stone Foundation and the lead facilitator for Greenville CAN (Collaborative Action Network) in Greenville, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.