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What, me disabled?

By Robin Loving Rowland

Remember Alfred E. Neuman’s famous line, “What, me worry?” And the endless takeoffs from that? Well, the latest is mine, words I am hereby putting into the mouth of Charlie Hall, owner of Rose Ann Hall Designs. “What, me disabled?” is the sentiment of Hall, who was born without forearms and hands, but went on to get a college education, to work for Intel and then to run a candle and glass manufacturing plant–mostly with other people the mainstream would call disabled.

Rotary Club Presentation
What is a Disability?
Tue, May 13, 12:30pm
Hotel Misión al Molino
Salida a Querétaro 1

Neiman Marcus was the company’s first client, and Hall now exports 80 percent of his hand-made artisanal wares to the United States, some to the Museum of Modern Art. His hand-blown and etched glass and famous Santa Rosa candles–made by pouring layers of amber paraffin over wicks—have been featured in publications such as Country Living, Gourmet, New York Magazine and Southern Living.

“You have to learn to live with what life brings,” said Hall as he shared his determination enthusiastically with his employees, each of whom earns a fair and respectable wage and is offered counseling to enhance personal and professional growth. “I take pride in watching them blossom,” continued Hall about his staff, whose members are realizing potentials they never dreamed about before.

Hall is, obviously, unique. His business is unique. His staff, who work with master craftsman to learn ancient ways, is unique. His products are unique. In fact, some of his beautiful glassware is made of recycled materials. Additionally, this uniqueness has won him recognition from the State of Guanajuato for his inspirational work of integrating physically challenged employees into the workplace.

Hall will present What is a Disability? at the Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende-Midday, Tuesday, May 13, at 12:30pm at Hotel Misión al Molino at Salida a Querétaro 1. The presentation will be free.

Hall is piloting a program with Rotary Clubs in North America in which deaf students receive internships to learn to work in the hearing world through the development of alternative communication techniques.

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