To the outsider, a dishwasher job is just a job.
But for Parker Sington, it’s a way to connect with the world.
Parker is a client of the Arc Gateway, a nonprofit organization that works with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In April, he got a job washing dishes at Sky’s Pizza through their employment services program.
Jeffrey Weikert is the employment services director for Arc Gateway. It’s his job to help clients find jobs. But sometimes, it’s not easy.
“There are still stigmas out there,” he said. “That’s where I come in — I explain to employers that if you give one of our people a chance you’re probably going to find (they) can do an even