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The “Great Hires” video showcases the benefit of hiring individuals with significant disabilities. This employer-to-employer video introduces viewers to local employers who have opened their doors to this valuable and often overlooked labor pool. Those featured include respected King County business leaders Howard Schultz, Chair of Starbucks, Pat Hagen, COO of Children’s Hospital, Bret Stewart, President of CenterTwist Inc., and King County Executive Ron Sims. These leaders, along with three featured employees, show why it makes good business sense to hire individuals with significant disabilities.

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“Great Hires” was created by King County Developmental Disabilities Division in partnership with the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment, a Washington state non-profit that specializes in training and technical assistance supporting people with developmental disabilities in community jobs, and Don Porter of King 5 News. Single copies of the DVD are available by e-mailing ddd@kingcounty.gov. Multiple copies are available for a small mailing and printing fee from the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (external) at 206-343-0881. The DVD can be copied and used (with the credits intact) for the purpose of expanding employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

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