The unemployment rate for working-age people with disabilities in 2012 was 15%, compared with a rate of 8% for working age individuals without disabilities. This substantial disparity have persisted despite years of technological advances that have made it possible for many people with disabilities to apply for and successfully perform a broad array of jobs.

It's probably not a stretch to say Emmett Hutchinson could be Wirth Cooperative Grocery store's biggest booster. He brought in more than three dozen new shoppers after the Aug. 10 opening with an enthusiastic pitch.

"Come and check it out. It's our store," he said. "This is a community store, so it's our store."

Our hearts are with all the people who are suffering short and long term damage from the recent string of hurricanes and record rainfalls and flooding bombarding the Caribbean islands, the Gulf South of the US, and now across Florida and Georgia.   


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