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Creating jobs for disabled is goal of newly formed social enterprise

The Olmsted Center for Sight and the Center for Transportation Excellence have joined forces to create a new social enterprise aiming to create jobs for blind, visually impaired and physically disabled Western New Yorkers.

Creating New Taxpayers LLC will recruit, train and hire disadvantaged individuals and those with disabilities in customer contact and other business services in hopes of making them attractive to corporations looking for employees.

People with visual impairments, disabilities or other disadvantages are chronically unemployed, according to the new company.

The Olmsted Center's National Statler Center for Careers already offers career training programs. Joining with the Center for Transportation Excellence is a natural extension of that, said Ronald Maier, president of the Olmsted Center for Sight.

The Center for Transportation Excellence will partner with local companies looking to outsource their customer service work and match its trainees with positions.

"People who have had no choice but to be dependent will now have a chance to contribute in a meaningful way," said Robert D. Gioia, president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, which gave the company a $200,000 start-up grant.