Persons with Disabilities Showcase Talents

October 16, 2012

Michael Weidle's specialty is painted pottery and notecards.

He had a brain hemmorage at 12 years old and 

after surgery he was in therapy for one year.

His disability affects his short-term memory.

He volunteers at Mercy Skilled Nursing.

ST. LOUIS - Mercy Hospital St. Louis, one of St. Louis County’s largest employers of individuals with developmental disabilities, is celebrating National Disability Employment Month. Co-workers with developmental disabilities will be showcasing and selling original artwork and crafts in the hospital lobby Oct. 15-18.

“This year's theme is 'A strong workforce is an inclusive workforce,'” Frank Lenior, vice president of human resources, said. “At Mercy, we firmly believe that. Co-workers with disabilities work in our print shop, in skilled nursing, as unit aides, in the ED, in pediatrics, as baker's assistants, in room service, in food preparation, as transporters and in many other places. They make a significant contribution to our workforce.

Mercy in St. Louis and Washington, Mo., area is leading the way by employing more than 60 people diagnosed with developmental disabilities and has received numerous awards including:

  • Partnership of the New Workforce
  • Paraquad’s Partners in Excellence
  • Governor’s Council on Disability Inclusion
  • National APSE
  • Starkloff Award. 

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually.  Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.  Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.  In the east Missouri region, Mercy’s services include a 979-bed hospital in St. Louis, 187-bed hospital in Washington, and Mercy Clinic, a multispecialty physician organization.  For more about Mercy, visit

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