We are passionate advocates for people with disabilities committed to transforming lives through employment. We help build training academies to develop employable skills which lead to rewarding Information Technology jobs and careers. Our "Bridge to Opportunity" academies in the U.S. and Europe are enabling meaningful employment which changes lives.
What do you see?
Some see a bird that cannot fly and waddles slowly on land.
We see a unique talent that is unparelled in the sea. Penguins can swim 25 mph, dive to depths of 1500 ft, and thrive at temperatures of 100 below zero.
We recognize, unlock, and enable the unique talents of people with disabilities.
Did You Know?
The global human tragedy and lost potential from lack of employment among people with disabilities.
21% employed, but only 1 in 4 of those employed work full time. 26% live in poverty.
Did you know?
The Covid-19 Pandemic is Increasing the Employment Gap
People with disabilities are too often the first to be laid off and last to be rehired. Meanwhile businesses are increasing their investments in IT and security infrastructure to accelerating their digitization.
We build Bridge to Opportunity Academies in partnership with mission aligned organizations in each community. We have several programs in place, with additional programs planned in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. Dates in parenthesis are planned launch dates.
Testimonials: Changing Lives
Student in "Execeptional Academy" in Michigan
" This whole IT academy is the greatest opportunity I have every received, and I am going to master this no matter what."
Student in "abilITy Academy" in New York City.
"I love this program. I did not have any hope prior to being accepted in this program. Prior to coming into this academy I did not see any future. I wanted more. Now I have a career. I would tell anyone with a disability, never give up on faith and hope because there is ... an opportunity to better yourself and your career. " Click here for video
Executive who hired our candidates
"These are some of our best employees. The benefits to (our company) are far greater than people realize. They bring an attitude, approach to the customer, and empathy for the customer … that is a real asset for us.”
Divisional Director State Department of Vocational Reahabilation
"Of all the programs we support, this one is by far my favorite. It is "out of the box", has huge potential for impact, and is changing lives."
Mother of Student in Academy in Michigan
"I'm sorry for being emotional, but I cannot thank you enough for the opportunity you have given my son with this program. We have been waiting over 20 years for something good to happen for him and now his opportunity is finally here because of this program."
Bridge Academy Instructor
“This program is amazing and unique. I am so excited to have the opportunity to participate and change lives.”
Bridge Academy Student
"This program is phenomenal. This whole experience lit a fire in my heart to see all these people succeed."
Links to Programs Underway
Some Bridge Academies have created Websites for their programs. Those that have are listed below.
Inclusive Academy, Vienna Austria), operated by the Zero Project / Essl Foundation:
AbilITy Academy New York, NY USA, operated by the Institute for Career Development (ICD): https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5384dc96e4b0ac7f7a7e83c9/t/5ee908f22aaa1f46255839b1/1592330483749/ITA+Infosession+Webinar+cohort+4x+-+JTM.pdf
Exceptional Academy, Detroit MI USA, operated by the Living and Learning Enrichment Center:
Georgia Bridge Academy, Georgia USA, operated by North Georgia Autism Foundation: https://www.ngafinc.org/
St. Andrew Academy, Detroit, MI USA,
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