Hiring Someone with a disability is good business. And that's the bottom line

Jason R.

Disabilities that are not obvious can sometimes be just as challenging as those that are.

Jason lives with Asperger’s, a condition on the autism spectrum that affects a person’s communication and social skills. Though often gifted with above-average intelligence, people with Asperger’s have challenges that might make it hard for them to find work. All they need is someone to see what they can do, not what they can’t.”

Tim Hortons restaurant did just that, hiring Jason at its Waverley Street location. He capably handles all aspects of his job, including baking, food preparation, storefront and drive-thru service.

Jason says he enjoys the opportunity to interact with customers. He also appreciates the opportunity to be part of the Tim Hortons' team, particularly the group at the Waverley restaurant where Jason is an equal, respected colleague.

“Some employers might think people with intellectual disabilities might be slow at doing their jobs, or take a long time to train, but that’s not so,” says Jason. “My advice to them is to just give people with disabilities a chance. We are just like everybody else. My managers treat me the same as everyone else who works here.”