Human courage and ingenuity raise above disabilities
Meet Bill Malleris, an advocate and a builder.
Naperville, Illinois: Bill Malleris builds barrier-free housing for the disabled. When he couldn't find a place in Chicago to live himself, he built Maple Court, a 48-unit residential complex with 20 units designed for people who use wheelchairs or scooters to get around.
The happy part of the story is that Bill was sold out before he even finished the consturction. Meet an entrepreneur-activist and learn how to do good and make a living, too.
Bill Malleris is an activist turned businessman.
Since college he has been preaching about the needs of people with disabilities. His sermon goes something like this: People with disabilities want to work. They don't want to be "taken care of" or felt sorry for. But people with disabilities do need the rest of us to be open to change and to find creative ways to bring them into the workplace.....
Bill's new sermon goes like this: If you have an idea for a business, a disability shouldn't hold you back. Find a need and fill it, get a mentor, access the free and low-cost services from the SBA, start small and network with other small business owners.