Hello and thank you for taking the time to visit the Ability Jobs plus about us page.
My name is Richard F. Hill (II) I am the founder and CEO of AbilityJobsPlus.com
I will try to make our story short. I am a former machinist / machine shop business owner, turned web designer,
(self taught web designer.) I built a small but modest client base when I was living in Southern California (The city of Orange, CA). In 2002 we moved to Arizona, do to the high cost of living in California. Working within the internet industry, it allows me to live and work from anywhere. I slowly lost my web clients, those former clients decided they didn't want a website any longer, or they went out of business.
Anyone that depends on SSDI knows it's poverity level. I needed to suplament my income to compinsate the loss of my internet client base. As you read on you will understand the chain of events that lead me down this path.
In 2007 I went to a local employment placement company. They told me they would not find me part time, or full time employment, do to the fact I have to depend on the use of a walker. (I have a form of Muscular Dystrophy known as "Spinal Muscular Atrophy III - SMA type 3".) This was nothing but disability discrimantion. And that comment made me feel like a 3rd class citizen. The more I thought about this, the more it festered under my skin. I researched this topic and discovered that there is over 54 Million disabled people and over 3 million disabled veterans in the United States. (This is not something we made up: this is Fact: Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau website.) The disabled community within the United States is currently a population over 54 million individuals, civilians - (non former military,) this is roughly 19% of the United States population that is disabled. On a global scale there is over 1 billion disabled people. The disabled community is the largest and, most neglected minority in the world.
In my research I discovered (at that time) there was no job sites that existed, none that truly cater to disabled job seekers. There are some web sites that exists now, but they use search engine trickery, and use loop-holes in the system. They are not 100% devoted to those with disabilities. That is why Ability Jobs Plus exists. No one that is disabled, that's ready, willing and eager to work should ever feel discriminated aginists do to their disability. We know and understand the stigma with which disabled persons must live.
From an idea, to a concept on paper, to a reality, AbilityJobsPlus.com officially launched on Jan 3, 2011.
Watch the video that NBC 12 (Here in Arizona) did about Ability Jobs Plus.
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