A selfless couple have adopted six blind children from around the world. Joe and Karen Bartling, both 60, of Oakton, Virginia, dreamed of having a large family but struggled to conceive naturally after having their biological son Joel, 30. Keen to help, they decided to adopt two-year-old Hannah, who was born with no eyes due to a developmental disorder. She moved to the US to be with them in 1997.
One-fifth of all adults in the United States have a disability. Our vision is to provide meaningful community-based employment and job training to adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Including those with disabilities into our community and workplaces is an important civil rights issue of our day.
Our mission is to combine combining community-based resources, including employers, non-profit agencies, Federal, State, and Local agencies, and the population of adults with disabilities and their families, to expand and provide community-based inclusion of these adults into the workforce, supporting them with opportunities, supports, and the training they need to be successful.