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AtWork! Empowers Abilities and Changes Lives | Sponsored

Innovative nonprofit fosters independence and self-worth

By Alexandrea MacIndoe September 6, 2023

This post is sponsored.

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2023 issue of Seattle Magazine.

In the heart of Washington, AtWork! is empowering inclusion. For more than six decades, this trailblazing organization has championed disability employment services, opened doors, and dismantled barriers for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Founded on the principle that every person deserves a chance to contribute, AtWork! is rewriting the narrative around I/DD. It offers comprehensive programs that not only secure employment but also foster independence and self-worth. From job coaching to community inclusion, AtWork! creates customized pathways to success.

AtWork! does not merely secure jobs; it fosters careers. By partnering with local businesses, AtWork! ensures a seamless fit between skills and opportunities. This approach not only changes lives but also enriches the workforce with diverse perspectives.

AtWork! goes beyond immediate impact. Ongoing support and mentorship are fundamental. The organization cultivates understanding between employers and employees, creating an environment where everyone thrives.

Advocacy is another pillar of AtWork!’s mission. The organization is an unwavering voice for policy change, advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities. Through education, engagement, and collaboration, AtWork! is changing the face of employment.

Looking to the future, AtWork! envisions a world where all abilities are recognized before disabilities. It believes in potential and champions human value. With every transformed life, AtWork! inches closer to this vision.

Here in Washington state, AtWork! is redefining inclusivity. It is a testament to the power of community and compassion. Through its work, the organization urges us all to contribute to a more inclusive society — one where diversity is celebrated, potential is nurtured, and the world is a better place for everyone. | www.atworkwa.org

 

Alexandra MacIndoe is director of advocacy & marketing for AtWork!

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