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Getting the disabled population out of the unemployment line

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Tens of thousands of people in Kentucky are unemployed because they have disabilities.

But many of them are eager to get jobs, and a local group is putting them to work.

Tony Peyton is the manager at this Shelby County rest area.
Working full-time he supervises 20 people who do what he started out doing: scrubbing this place clean. 

"I started out as low in the company as you can be 3rd shift, and just as an attendant there at the rest area and over time about 4 years I got into the management part of it," said Peyton.

Tony suffers from several health issues, what the government labels disabilities. He turned to Community Services Project Inc. for guidance 12 years ago.

"I'd been looking for a job and couldn't find one because I have disabilities and a lot of people don't wanna hire you because you have health problems," said Peyton.

"A lot of people with disabilities like to do janitorial services because they're in the community working with other folks that aren't disabled and that really helps them," said executive director, Mary O'Bryan.

CSP is working with more than 200 people across the area... giving them guidance and support to help them succeed -- like they did for Tony.

Here is a link for more information on the program:

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