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Magic City Enterprises talks about importance of employment for people with disabilities

Published: Oct. 15, 2020 at 4:23 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Magic City Enterprises has been a part of the Cheyenne community since 1971. The organization lends a helping hand to people with disabilities.

“We work hard to, I use this word a lot, but to support a typical life of quality similar to people without disabilities.” said Magic City Enterprises president and CEO, Jeff Gardner.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and Magic City Enterprises wants to bring more awareness to the importance of employment for people with disabilities. Gardner said people’s jobs and careers create a sense of identity and that’s no different for people with disabilities.

“Most often when you meet someone new, one of the first questions that you’re asked or you ask is oh what do you do, and certainly people with disabilities are no different. So the sense of pride, and accomplishment and the economic benefits that come along with having a job, but that sense of identity as well," said Gardner.

“That’s what a lot of people with disabilities want, they just want to work and be productive members of society, and make those relationships that everyone else has,” said Magic City Enterprises community employment manager, Dawn Schwarz.

Schwarz said some people come to Magic City Enterprises needing more guidance than others, but it’s important that everyone knows they have support.

“Some things you don’t always see as marketable skills until you find someone that is wanting that, and needing that in their business,” said Schwarz.

Magic City Enterprises focuses a lot on building relationships within the community. Though National Disability Employment Awareness Month ends after October, Gardner said it is something they are committed to every day of the year.

For more information on Magic City Enterprises, you can visit its website here. You can also email Dawn at dschwarz@mcewyo.org for information on employment.

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