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March 20, 2008

Albany -- Easter Seals of Southern Georgia wants more companies to hire workers with disabilities.

Easter Seals' Work Adjustment Center employs people with mental and physical disabilities and trains them to go out in the workforce.

Right now, they partner with a handful of local businesses including Cintas, Palmyra Hospital and Masterfoods.

Organizers say it's beneficial for the employees and for the businesses.

"It actually builds their self esteem. They are proud to work, they are productive, they're punctual, they're dependable and they're quite loyal. Because we have people that have different disabilities there is some kind of friction sometimes. People don't understand when someone has a disability they think they're different. But I promise you, they're not different at all," said Lisha Brown, Easter Seals Workshop Manager.

Right now, Easter Seals has 12 employees. They get paid a piece rate, which means they get paid for what they produce.

For more information on how you can get involved, call Easter Seals at (229) 439-7061.

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