In 1990, the federal government enacted the Americans With Disabilities Act to protect people with mental and physical impairments from being employer discrimination. One Nashville insurance company is leading the charge to help disabled Tennesseans find work by recruiting people with intellectual disabilities to fill positions.
WSMV 4 News reports that in February, the insurance provider AIG decided to transfer their files to a digital format, which means labor-intensive work to organize and scan the 6 million paper files on hand. Administrators met with the non-profit organization, The Arc of Davidson County, and determined several candidates would fit the roles.
The 33 individuals who were hired have now secured employment for as long as the three years it may take to complete the file conversions. CEO of The Arc, Sheila Moore, pointed out how the experience is beneficial for those involved, as the opportunity will provide them with skills that can be applied to other jobs. Meanwhile, AIG has shown just how successful those with intellectual disabilities can be in professional settings.