Olathe nonprofit provides employment assistance for special needs citizens

Michael Ronnebaum
December 15, 2017 - 4:51 am

Inclusion Connections

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An organization in Olathe is working to help people with special needs find meaningful work to enhance their lives.

Inclusion Connections focuses on finding jobs for young adults. 

Studies show people who cannot find work become depressed, develop bad habits and have poor self images. Inclusion Connections seeks opportunities to help people acquire real work experience.

"They learn proper work behaviors, they learn the skills that a lot of us get throughout our lives in terms of how to be a good employee, how to be a good worker, how to do all those things that come more naturally to the rest of us," said Rod Crawford, Inclusion Connections vice president.

The nonprofit also makes and sells dog treats and toys through a program called Pawsibilities. They are also planning a fashion gala in February. 

"I'm telling you, they have a blast," Crawford said. "They really strut their stuff down the runway."

The gala will include an auction and other ways for people to support the organization.

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