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Without a Wawa manager’s decision 40 years ago, 500 special-needs adults wouldn’t have jobs today

Wawa's deep commitment to workers of all abilities helps it stand out in the marketplace.

Bringing neurodiversity to the workplace: 5 tips from the pros

"You just have to be committed to making it happen by continually inviting core staff into the decision-making process.”

She went from jobless to leading tech projects for IBX and Exelon. How did she do it?

Earnie Dianastasis, founder of The Precisionists, Inc., is looking to create jobs for people with an untapped talent for tech.

These businesses are taking special-needs employees from Disability to ThisAbility, one hire at a time

Employers are changing lives - and strengthening their bottom lines - by hiring those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

‘It wasn’t hard at all:’ HR managers have ample help to hire people with disabilities

Companies don't have to go it alone when it comes to hiring "neurodivergent" employees.

These Philadelphia companies are changing lives by hiring employees with disabilities

Local and national businesses see the benefits of including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the workplace.

A ‘rich ecosystem of support’ for adults with autism led to one young employee filing two patents for SAP

What else might be possible, with more innovation in hiring practices in all companies?

You’re hired: Here’s what neurodiversity on the job looks like

Employees with developmental disabilities are as different from each other in talent, passion, interest and dreams as are neurotypical employees in any vocation.

She sends 5,000 birthday cards each year — and not one name, address or birthday is written down anywhere

Beth Catlin is a "numbers savant" who knows by heart the names, birthdays and addresses of over 5,000 friends and acquaintances she has met since 1972.

These mini-murals ask 12 questions, in order to spark a million conversations.

These mini-murals are meant to spark conversations that lead to greater mutual understanding and respect.