Jason Olsen, 38, advocate for federal employees with disabilities
Olsen, paralyzed from the chest down by a drunk driver in 1999, has spent 10 years in D.C. working in the federal government on employment policy.
Critical of the government's own treatment of workers with disabilities -- it has passed over him and others for advancement, he says -- the Labor Department staffer launched Federal Employees With Disabilities in 2012.
The 250-person advocacy group has pushed agencies to meet hiring and promotion goals for employees with disabilities, and it has connected members needing career advice with seasoned mentors.
"Working is the key that opens the door to success. It is the last great frontier for the disability community."
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