Disabilities in the work place


Kyle Erickson wants to work… 

“I went to school for emergency management and I just want to help people and make an impact,” said Erickson.

 Erickson graduated from NDSU in 2014 with a bachelors in Emergency management and a minor in Sociology  but he’s been unemployed for almost a year. 

“Not to brag but my resume is pretty good, what little experience I have I kinda of juiced it up I think the maximum ump power,” said Erickson.

He gets calls back and lands the interviews.

“then I go in — and I don’t get a call back after the interview and I don’t want to be that guy but part of me wonders if it is because of my disability,” said Erickson.

Erickson lives with cerebral palsy, he says his is less severe.. 

“I still have use of my– you know I can still talk and I have use of my hands and stuff,” said Erickson.

Through the help of Independence Inc in Minot — Kyle has resources to help him land a position however it just hasn’t happened. 

“I just want to work,” said Erickson.

Businesses like Marketplace foods are striving to hire more people with disabilities.

“Here at Marketplace we treat everyone equal and try to give them the best opportunity to grow to strive and to be the best that they can be,” said Marketplace Foods director Craig Heupel. 
A percentage of his 145 staff members live with a disability and when it comes to hiring, Heupel is focused on one thing… 

“We’re looking for the ability to treat customers with a smile the way we all like to be treated,” said Heupel.

“The common misconception is that people who are disabled and unemployed don’t want to be employed,” said Erickson.

But as Erickson says that’s not the case and he just wants other employers to give him and other people with disabilities a fair chance. 

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