Monday, June 4, 2007

People with disabilities working to pay their own way

Ray Charles Simms cuts his grass at two o'clock in the morning. He says it's cooler then. Besides, he lost his sight in an industrial accident when he was 33, so light isn't an issue. In addition to yardwork, Ray performs packaging and assembly using skills he developed at the Tommy Nobis Center, which equips physically and mentally challeged people with job skills so they can work to support themselves.
Executive Director Connie Kirk says the investment pays off as trainees become taxpaying citizens.
The center is the namesake of Atlanta Falcons football star Tommy Nobis, who remains actively involved in the center.
Listen as Tommy and Connie address Buckhead Rotary regarding the remarkable accomplishments of their trainees. Introduction by Tony Walker.