People with disabilities often have difficulty getting hired due to misperceptions about their abilities and the efforts needed to accommodate them in the workplace. So our DisAbility Project stepped up to the plate to create a new piece called “Working.” Set within the imaginary world of a giant television, this half hour play gives audience members the opportunity to watch their favorite television characters, past and present, tackle the challenging topic of disability issues in the workplace. (more...)
What we are doing...
At an estimated 55 million, people with disabilities are the largest and poorest minority in the United States and many remain unemployed. They often have difficulty getting hired due to misperceptions about their abilities and the efforts needed to accommodate them in the workplace. Consider the following from the National Organization on Disability:
So our DisAbility Project stepped up to the plate to create a
new piece called “Working.” We met for several months to develop
a script through improvisation and research. The result of our
labor is a fun and fact-filled 30 minute piece. “Working” is designed
to help employers and employees understand some myths around disabilities,
as well as how to productively integrate people with disabilities
into the workforce.
From a lost episode of the “Brady Bunch” in which Jan finally outshines her more notable sibling, Marcia, to the more contemporary “Survivor” and its tribal conflicts, this format provides an innovative approach that makes learning fun. Popular personalities like David Letterman, Mr. Rogers and Jeopardy’s Alec Trebec cover disability etiquette, workplace accommodations, disability facts and figures, and so much more.
“Working” debuted to a great reception for the Missouri Business Leadership Network (MOBLN) at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac.
The network is a conglomerate of local business leaders championing opportunities to create productive and supportive partnerships among people with disabilities, private businesses, and governmental and community agencies. MOBLN is dedicated to helping businesses access more qualified applicants with disabilities, increasing the representation of people with disabilities in the workforce, and encouraging businesses to be more responsive to the needs of customers with disabilities.
Our show for MOBLN went so well, we were asked to travel to perform for the Social Security Administration in Kansas City. The performance was followed by a spirited exchange with the audience that included the Midwest Regional Cadre of Social Security Managers and Directors.
Wanda McIntosh, a Human Resource Specialist said, “I’ve been to a lot of trainings and this one was outstanding because it was so different. It presented a lot of information in an entertaining and fresh way.”In August, Leah Norris joined our cast that includes DisAbility Project ensemble member Ana Jennings, Joan Lipkin and Greg Matzker, and we performed for the annual Gateway to Diversity Conference sponsored by the Greater St. Louis Executive Board at St. Louis University. In recognition of Disabled Employment Month, we performed in October for staff at the Metro St. Louis headquarters as well as offering two free public performances at the Missouri History Museum. Our shows at the museum were co-sponsored by the Governor’s Council on Disability, Missouri Career Center and Paraquad who had representatives on hand to answer questions about employment.
Great program, a positive and sensitive approach that draws people
in to get them to begin to think about a very important issue.
Entertaining and insightful. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing DP perform
The play was excellent. Usually, I am not an emotional person,
bur for some reason it made me want to cry – I was teary-eyed.
I got a chance to see how America really looks at other with disabilities.
This performance was very memorable and had a great impact on
me. Keep up the great work!!!
I loved the MTV rap show!! Great info especially about job accommodations.
I can completely relate to the beauty salon scene. – GREAT SHOW
This was a wonderful presentation. I look forward to seeing many
more as we work together.
… this was outstanding because it was so different. It presented
a lot of information in an entertaining and fresh way.
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