Disney World’s Holiday Decorations Are Created by People with Disabilities
Disney World temperatures may still be in the 70s, but the park has already begun decking its halls and trimming its trees — and this year, the festive décor has a special backstory.
Animal Kingdom’s Discovery Island has been adorned with handmade snowflakes, each of which was created by an artisan with disabilities.
The intricately designed decorations come from the Georgia-based Augusta Training Shop, a nonprofit that gives jobs to adults with cognitive and physical disabilities.
“What Disney has done for us is breathe new life into these hearts and these hands,” Audrey Murell, Augusta’s executive director, said in a video shared by Disney. “That one beautiful creation is allowing five people with disabilities to have a job and meaningful life.”
The shop employs people from ages 18 to 79 who have various disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, deafness and blindness. They each receive a monthly paycheck, and do everything from furniture restoration and repair to metal polishing and chair weaving, according to the Augusta website.
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