Ability Jobs Plus is the only job site for those with disabilities by those with disabilities. Dedicated to helping millions of disabled Americans find work, the site has relaunched after months of improvements. The site is run and managed by founder Richard Hill of Kingman, AZ, who was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at the age of 18.
After ending his career as a machinist and being refused assistance by an employment placement agency due to his use of a walker, Hill a became a webmaster, launching AbilityJobsPlus.com in 2012. He has continued to modify the site’s design and function, leading up to the newest release, which now provides not only job search capabilities specifically crafted for Americans with disabilities, but also valuable resources for living with disabilities.
“No one who is disabled should be made to feel the way I did at that placement agency,” says Hill. “I researched employment with the disabled community and sought out a solution to how to fix a problem that blankets the country, especially now that we have military personnel returning home with mental and physical injuries.”
Employers can post job listings and search resumes for qualified job seekers in their area. Job seekers can post their resumes and search for jobs by location, type, or company, as well as get e-mail update of new jobs listings.
Unlike other sites that target disabled job hunters, AbilityJobsPlus.com’s employment listings are exclusively available to members, with no fear of them being released to the general population before having a chance to apply.
“There are 54 million disabled US citizens and more than three million disabled and unemployed military veterans,” Hill observes. “This has pretty much been brushed under the carpet, but now we have a job site that caters to those with a disability who want to find employment. We can match them with companies that hire people with disabilities… and since this is a safe community, members won’t feel like they are third class citizens in their own country.”
Hill has turned to IndieGogo.com to raise funds for further expansion and growth in what he describes as “the movement to change the way the world views disabilities.”