Making Work, "Work" for People with Hidden Disabilities

Peckham, Inc,. a national award-winning organization and named one of Michigan’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, employs a vibrant, diverse and inclusive workforce, with 80% of its employees living with one or more disabilities.

“There is a misconception that because a person doesn’t use a wheelchair, or doesn’t have the physical disability traits, they can’t be disabled. That’s just not true,” said Sarah George, Organizational Employment Manager.

Peckham’s largest population served is individuals with mental illness, disabilities not visible to the eye. Because individuals with mental illness do not ‘look’ like they have a disability, they may be reluctant to disclose their disability to employers, or ask for accommodations. Stigmas associated with mental illness present unique barriers to entering in and maintaining successful employment.

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