Teaching Hotel Will Employ, Train Applicants with Disabilities

Opportunities for higher education and employment are severely limited for those with disabilities. But a new project in Indiana will be of great interest to those attracted to the hospitality industry.

Construction will soon begin on a teaching hotel in Muncie, Indiana. Developers say the hotel will both employ and teach individuals with developmental and other disabilities, who will compose at least 20 percent of its staff. The 150-room Marriott Courtyard hotel and restaurant will help human resources students and professionals gain a better understanding of special needs employment.

Developers state that the guest experience at the hotel will be the same as at any other Marriott, with the exception of its high levels of accessibility that exceed ADA standards.

The project is expected to break ground later this year, and completion has been estimated for the summer of 2015.

The special needs community needs more national corporations to set examples like this. Such projects teach people of all abilities how to work and learn together.

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