New building to offer more opportunities for people with disabilities

New building to offer more opportunities for people with disabilities
Published: Oct. 31, 2016 at 10:56 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A new location for the Works Services Corporation, that trains and employs people with disabilities, is near completion.

The former USPS building off Hatton Road is more than twice the size of the older WSC location on Armory road.

The nearly 70,000 square foot facility will allow for more opportunities and create more jobs.

Angela Smith, who used a hearing aid since the age of seven, applied for a job through the WSC in 2004.

"I have been an employee for Work Services Corporation for 12 and a half years," Smith said.

Over those years Smith has moved all the way up to the Human Resource Department.

"I am over 37 contracts for Work Services Corporation," Smith said.

In 2013, Smith's hearing deteriorated and her only option to salvage any hearing ability was to have a cochlear implant surgery. That surgery was a decision Smith said was the best one she has ever made.

Smith and others like her are often overlooked by potential employers because of what they cannot do versus what they can.

"A lot of (employers) see people with their disabilities first and don't give them opportunities. We hope this will help break that down so when they meet somebody they can look past that disability and give that person the opportunity to prove themselves as a valuable employee for that company," President and CEO of WSC, David Toogood said.

During a luncheon Monday afternoon, Toogood spoke to employers about how valuable a person with disabilities can be in the workplace, just like Smith.

"My disability doesn't limit me from accomplishing my job," Smith said.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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