Your business can’t afford to ignore people with disabilities

Your business can’t afford to ignore people with disabilities

 
 
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Are people with disabilities part of your business plan? Why is that?  Guests Dave Baldwin, founder of Furnace Hills Coffee and Amberle Brown, founder of The Banquet Network help us explore how Christian business owners can think about hiring, serving and or simply befriending those with disabilities.  We tackle misconceptions about people with disabilities, the Bible’s teaching on this subject and what role Christian-owned businesses might play in helping individuals who have disabilities.

Conversation highlights:

–People with disabilities are the largest underreached people group in the world (and the U.S.)—”only 5-10% of people with disabilities will hear the gospel in an accessible way.”

–How God used disability to fulfill dreams.

–Would people with disabilities be an asset or a liability in your business?  Can you conceive of the fact that having employees with disabilities might improve your bottom line?

“Your business is not as good as it could be” if you don’t have room for people with disabilities.

–Luke 14:13 – “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed.”

–The weaker parts of the body are indispensable.  (I Cor. 12:22)

–“Having a disability doesn’t rid someone of their purpose.”

–“People with disabilities have the potential to positively transform your business culture.”

–Are you afraid of hiring or serving someone with disabilities?  “We have to love more than we fear.”

–Could your company partner with your local church to identify those with disabilities and their talents and gifting?

–Don’t know what do?  Find an adult with development disabilities and become their friend.

 

Resources:

Collaborative on Faith and Disability – Putting Faith to Work

Connect with Dave on LinkedIn

Learn more about Furnace Hills Coffee: https://www.furnacehillscoffee.com/

Connect with Amberle on LinkedIn

Learn more about The Banquet Network: https://www.thebanquetnetwork.com/