You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing

The Real Benefits of Hiring People with Developmental Disabilities

Guest Blog by Heather Weldon – Keynote Speaker at Amplify! Rock Stars 2019
Supported Employment Program Manager
City of Seattle, Human Resources Department

“Show me the money.”
“You complete me.”
“You had me at hello.”

What do these famous quotes from “Jerry McGuire”, the film starring Tom Cruise, have to do with lessons learned from the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in our workplaces?

“Show me the money.”

Like many workplaces, ours has a variety of entry-level duties that are sometimes part of the work for higher-level positions. Then, there’s other entry-level work that often “falls through the cracks” because it’s not a high priority, but still must be done! We identify where those basic tasks are and bundle them into jobs for people with developmental disabilities. This results in a more efficient division of labor.

“You complete me.”

Several months after hiring Katie (an employee with a developmental disability), her supervisor told me “before Katie, we were incomplete”. But she didn’t know that until after Katie was hired.  The supervisor went on to say, “it’s as if we are finally whole now. Katie makes our workplace complete.”

You never know what you’re missing when it’s not there.

So, whether you’re more of a “show me the money” kind of person or a “you complete me” type, you’ll benefit from inclusive hiring practices.

Oh yeah, what about “you had me at hello”?  You’ll have to come to the Amplify conference on May 23 to get the answer to that!

Register Today for Amplify! Rock Stars 2019

Secure your spot now and plan on another inspiring morning full of success stories and celebrations!

May 23, 2019 9:00am – 11:30am
Embassy Suites by Hilton Washington Square

Registration is open, but we’re still building out the day’s agenda. Please continue to check back for updates!

Partner with us! You too can become a sponsor and partner of Amplify! Help us promote diversity and inclusion in our workforce and community – ASK US HOW – contact Cindy Bahl @ 503-258-7715 or

Job Opportunity Fair

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Embassy Suites by Hilton
Washington Square-Portland-Tigard
9000 SW Washington Square Rd., Tigard, OR 97223

For Job Seekers

  • Select employers who are interested in disability, diversity and inclusion will be on-site.
  • Talk to employers who have part time openings and are ready to hire now!
  • Job Coaches, Personal Service Workers and Employment Specialists are welcome!
  • Bring your resume and come prepared to share your career goal.

Participating Employers

  • City of Beaverton
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Embassy Suites
  • …More to Come!

For Employers

The day includes a 2.5-hour event (details below) and the Amplified Job Opportunity Fair directly after the main event that will help connect you to differently abled Job Seekers with the goal of helping you meet your disability diversity recruitment and hiring goals.

$150 Registration Fee Includes:

  • 1 ticket to Amplify! Rock Stars event (9am – 11:30am)
  • 1 boxed lunch during 11:30am – 12:00pm lunch break
  • 1 table / 2 chairs for Job Fair (12:00pm – 2pm)
  • 1 social media acknowledgement
  • Your logo on the Amplify! website and at the event

If you are an Employer who would like to participate in the Job Fair, please contact Cindy Bahl at or 503-258-7715.

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