Money Hero: Jason Olsen

Dominic Nahr—Magnum for TIME Locals collect sea water near the Misawa port, March 19 2011.

Jason Olsen, advocate for federal employees with disabilities

Why he’s a hero: 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.

Quote: “Working is the key that opens the door to success. It is the last great frontier for the disability community.”

— Joan Caplin

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