Meet Michael


March 24, 2022


less than 1 minute




Determined to find a job after a long year of isolation, members of an inclusive community were there to help Michael find his way to Mariano’s.

Employment for people with disabilities is key. Their job becomes part of who they are, and it creates new networks of opportunity to build up a sense of self-worth.

Beginning in the pre-pandemic days, Michael was determined to get a job in the community. When he finished Aspire’s fast-track employment program, he turned his dream into a reality by way of Mariano’s. He recently began working at the local grocery store and Michael thrives in his customer-service facing role. He’s known for his friendly demeanor and ability to complete every task with an enthusiastic thumbs up! 

“We’ve worked hard to create an inclusive work environment where every associate can be their best self every day and make the most of their abilities,” mentioned Mariano’s representative, Amanda.

Thanks to our dedicated community employment partners like Mariano’s, Aspire is building inclusive workplaces where people of all abilities are included and empowered to succeed.  

To learn more about partnering with us to build more inclusive workplaces and communities, visit  

The Lion King: A Sensory-Friendly Performance


The Lion King: A Sensory-Friendly Performance

On January 7, 2023, Aspire partnered with Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway in Chicago to put on a sensory-friendly performance… Read More

An Announcement From Jim Kales


An Announcement From Jim Kales

As you likely have heard, I will be stepping down as President and CEO of Aspire on November 23rd, after… Read More


Aspire’s New Brand Is Here

We are so excited to share that Aspire has officially launched our new brand! We’ve been working very hard behind the… Read More

Aspire logo
arrow up
Be Included

Get news and events information.