Local program finds jobs for people with disabilities


The goal of one Capital Region Program is to get those with disabilities permanently employed.

Scott Flaska works as a grocery bagger at this Price Chopper in Latham. He’s also blind.

“I’ve never let my blindness stop me from doing anything,” Flaska said.

He says it wasn’t easy and he’s just one of many people struggling to get jobs due to their disabilities.

“Market Bistro is the only store to call me back with an interview.”

He’s one of dozens of employees hired in the Capital Region through Price Chopper’s Hiring Advantage Program. The program is giving those with disabilities a chance to work that might not otherwise come easy.

“I get so many compliments from people. All you can do is try,” Flaska said.

Michael Miller heads up the program which has only been around for about two years. Miller says Flaska is one of the highlights of the program.

“He’s basically turned into what I call the ‘rock star’,” Michael Miller, Vice President of Human Resources at Price Chopper, said.

“It doesn’t just stop at line level jobs either. We want to see individuals with disabilities have management opportunities.”

Price Chopper has expanded the program to teach resume writing and presentation skills. Last week was its first event to open up to retailers hiring at Crossgate Mall.

“The end goal is permanent employment,” Miller said.

Twenty months later, Flaska is still going strong.

“The next hiring event will be in December.”

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