Recognized by his witty sense of humor and authentic speaking style, Chet Cooper has been one of the leading advocates for employment, awareness building and housing for people with disabilities (PWDs) for the past 28 years. Chet sees the need to break down the myths and stereotypes associated with disabilities, focusing on three major areas that needed change; social attitude, resources, and awareness.
In seeking to alter society’s attitudes about PWDs, he launched ABILITY Magazine in 1990, at the dawn of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The publication quickly became an award-winning magazine and was selected by Time-Warner for distribution. Simultaneously, Cooper created a specialized career system for job seekers with disabilities so companies could find this untapped talent. In 1995, this system converted to the first employment website for PWD’s, called JobAccess.org/ABILITYJobs.com. Since it’s inception it has helped hundreds of thousands PWDs connect with thousands of employers.