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Cunningham Students Tour Work Services Corp. for National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The month of October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, highlighting that those with disabilities aren't disabled, just differently able.

The month of October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, highlighting that those with disabilities aren't disabled, just differently able.

In 1988 Congress designated October as a month to recognize and created awareness of the contributions of those with disabilities.

Friday a group of Wichita Falls students became aware that those with disabilities aren't so different after all.

Kids from Cunningham Elementary's student council are learning first hand of some of the jobs provided through Work Services Corp.

They employee about 700 people with disabilities, like Faith Andrade, who says her job has given her purpose in life.

“It means the world to me. It helps me think and helps me make more new friends,” she said.

The students are fascinated with the machines and how the employees can keep up with the work.

“How the people in the lines can just look at them so quickly to see if they are good or bad,” said 5th grader Emily Spicer.

“I couldn't just look that fast at all the paper clips,” said Kylee Armstrong, a 4th grader.

The student's tour is in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness month.

And it's not only exposing them to the jobs available for those with disabilities but changing their preconceptions.

“I kind of thought of them as needing a lot of help but they really don't they can do a lot of stuff by themselves,” said Spicer.

Realizing that they aren't so different.

“They can do a lot of the same things we can do,” said Armstrong.

Like work at a job, bring home paychecks and take care of families, just like you and me.
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