Staff shortage? Think about hiring a disabled adult

CONWAY — In every community, in every part of our country, there is an invisible group of individuals whose disabilities have kept them from finding a place where they can fit in in an increasingly polarized and unwelcoming world.

These are disabilities that, either from birth or an accident, have long prevented people from finding an inclusive path in life. And these are individuals who, because they seem or act different, are often misunderstood, and thus can be consciously or unconsciously excluded from the ordinary experiences we take for granted: education, sports, friendships, relationships, and the satisfaction of meaningful employment.