Able: The Book
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Able!: How One Company's Disabled Workforce Became the Key to Extraordinary Success (2nd Ed., 2008, BenBella Books), by Nancy Henderson Wurst.
If you have a disability or know someone who does …
If you’ve ever considered hiring someone with a disability but hesitated to do so …
If you simply love a good underdog story …
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Able: How One Company’s Disabled Workforce Became the Key to Extraordinary Success tells the inspiring story of Habitat International Inc., a global indoor-outdoor rug manufacturer where three of every four workers has a physical or mental disability, or both. At Habitat, people with schizophrenia drive forklifts next to those with Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy. Hearing-impaired employees cut floor mats alongside co-workers who have endured strokes, severe head injuries, or loss of an arm. For the past two decades, the company’s owner has been hiring people with disabilities, urging other entrepreneurs to do the same thing, and defying the naysayers who said it couldn’t be done.
The result: A multi-million-dollar corporation whose special-needs workers outproduce the nearest competitor 2-1.
Able chronicles the joys and challenges of managing a business with disabled employees, shares the heartwarming stories of workers who refused to be stereotyped, and offers advice for employers who fear they’ll lose money by hiring people with disabilities. This book will change the way you think about business — and the people around you.
Nancy Henderson Wurst often writes about people who are making a difference through their work. Her articles have appeared in Parade, The New York Times, Family Circle, Nation’s Business and many other publications. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and The Authors Guild.