Hiring those with disabilities isn’t charity, it’s good business

WILLING AND ABLE: Bet-R Neighborhood Market has in recent years been increasingly hiring people with disabilities, including, from front, David Mills, Stephen Wascom, Molly Boulden, Emily Dunlap, Charles Reed and Nathan Kirshner.  (Courtesy Cliff Boulden)

WILLING AND ABLE: Bet-R Neighborhood Market has in recent years been increasingly hiring people with disabilities, including, from front, David Mills, Stephen Wascom, Molly Boulden, Emily Dunlap, Charles Reed and Nathan Kirshner. (Courtesy Cliff Boulden)

Any time Bet-R Neighborhood Market owner Cliff Boulden has a job opening, he tries to hire a person with an intellectual or developmental disability—not as a sign of sympathy, but because he sees them as an untapped workforce that’s eager to stock shelves and read labels.

Boulden already knows many of them through his involvement with the Greater Baton Rouge Hope Academy, the alma mater of his 25-year-old daughter, Molly, who is developmentally delayed. After Molly aged out of the school a few years ago, Boulden hired her part-time as a way to keep her busy and focused. But since then, he’s also brought on at least a half-dozen of her friends with special needs, who now comprise roughly 15% of his payroll . . .

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