Industry: The Able Disabled

For its Long Island plant Abilities, Inc. has the most unusual hiring policy in the nation. No one, from president to sweeper, can get a job unless he is so handicapped physically that he is unemployable by common industry standards. Yet Abilities is no charity. Everyone is paid the prevailing wage scale, and the company grossed $2,500,000 last year competing in the open market for electronic assembly subcontracts. In nine years it has grown from a garage with four employees (only five good arms and one good leg among them) to a...

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