Work provides individuals with a sense of purpose, self-worth and connection to the community. It’s an opportunity and ability many of us take for granted. According to The Arc, “the vast majority of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are either unemployed or underemployed, despite their ability, desire and willingness to work in the community.” However, an Olathe, Ks foundation is working to improve that impression. Heartstrings is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is expanding inclusion in the workplace by offering employment opportunities to adults with I/DD. Currently, the organization employs 47 individuals with plans to expand employment opportunities throughout 2019.