Wendell, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
October is Disabilities Awareness Month and Take a Legislator to Work Day helped bring attention to the cause.
State Representative Donna Pence stepped in the shoes of one of the workers, Jason Bunn, at Papa Kelsey's in Wendell.
Denise Bradbury, Director of Rehabilitation at Magic Valley Rehabilitation, notes, "Jason is visually impaired and can't see but he loves to work and does a great job, so with a little support of someone working beside him he can do that."
Bunn is part of Community Supported Employment, which helps people with disabilities find work.
Bunn says he works "Wednesdays and Fridays, two days. I like coming here."
State Representative Donna Pence says, "it's a pleasure meeting someone who takes such pride in his work. I was surprised Jason did not see then I found out he was blind and I thought my goodness, I was really impressed."
Bradbury agrees, "It lets them earn their own money and be productive citizens and do things they really enjoy doing."
Pence adds, "I recognize the contributions our special people can make and it’s wonderful that we have this in the program. It’s good for the business, individual, and it’s good for the community."
In the region, over sixty hopefuls for the program are currently on a waiting list due to the lack of funding.
Pence says, “I really believe that it's something that helps contribute to our community and we need to make sure we continue it. There's a lot of people that can help and be involved in these programs.”
Bradbury notes, "it’s great that donna came out and saw what that program is and what people are capable of with just a little support. She needs a little more training…Jason can help her out. But she did a great job."