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In today’s ever-evolving business landscape, fostering an inclusive work environment isn’t just a moral imperative; it’s a strategic advantage. Employing individuals with additional needs can revolutionize the way companies function, unleashing untapped potential, and propelling them to new heights of success. In this article, we will explore the numerous financial benefits of embracing diversity and creating opportunities for these exceptional employees.

Enhanced Creativity and Problem-Solving:

Diversity in the workplace sparks creativity and innovation. When employers embrace individuals with different abilities and perspectives, they introduce a diverse range of problem-solving approaches. Employees with additional needs often possess unique insights and creative thinking skills, as they’ve learned to navigate the world differently. This diverse thinking can lead to groundbreaking ideas, fresh solutions, and a competitive edge in the market.

Improved Team Dynamics and Employee Morale:

Inclusive workplaces promote a culture of empathy, understanding, and mutual respect. Employees thrive in such an environment, feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions. This positive morale translates into higher levels of engagement, productivity, and a lower turnover rate. As employees feel connected and supported, they are more likely to invest in the company’s long-term success.

Strengthened Reputation and Brand Image:

Companies that actively prioritize inclusivity earn public admiration and goodwill. Consumers are increasingly drawn to brands that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and social responsibility. Embracing employees with additional needs showcases a company’s dedication to fostering a fair and equitable workplace, enhancing its reputation among customers, partners, and investors.

Increased Market Reach and Customer Loyalty:

A diverse workforce can better understand and serve a broad customer base. By hiring individuals with additional needs, companies tap into a valuable demographic of consumers who appreciate businesses that prioritize diversity and social impact. This connection can lead to increased customer loyalty, word-of-mouth referrals, and expanded market reach.

Access to Government Incentives and Grants:

Many governments offer incentives and grants to companies that hire individuals with additional needs. These can include tax credits, subsidies for workplace accommodations, and training support. By taking advantage of these programs, employers can reduce operational costs and access additional resources to support employee development.

Enhanced Adaptability and Resilience:

Employees with additional needs often develop exceptional adaptability and resilience as they navigate challenges in everyday life. In the workplace, this translates into employees who can handle change effectively, adjust to new circumstances, and maintain productivity during difficult times. These qualities are invaluable in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

Lower Absenteeism and Workplace Injuries:

Contrary to common misconceptions, individuals with additional needs have been shown to exhibit lower absenteeism rates and fewer workplace injuries compared to their non-disabled counterparts. This can result from a strong sense of loyalty to employers who offer them opportunities and the use of adaptive technologies that enhance safety.


Embracing diversity and creating an inclusive workplace isn’t just the right thing to do; it’s a strategic choice that leads to significant financial benefits. Employers who recognize and tap into the potential of employees with additional needs will experience improved creativity, problem-solving capabilities, and team dynamics. Additionally, they will enhance their reputation, expand their market reach, and access valuable government incentives.

It’s time for employers to embrace a truly diverse workforce and utilize the job skills that employees with additional needs bring. By doing so, businesses can thrive in an ever-changing world while making a positive impact on society. This transformative journey promises to illuminate a brighter future for our companies and make a lasting difference in our communities. Together, we can build a thriving, empathetic, and dynamic workforce that is second to none!

Increased Market Reach link goes to Return on Disability Report

Government Incentives & tax credits link goes to EARN

programs link goes to U.S. Department of Labor

Welcome to SharpeLivin’, a heartfelt initiative that aims to create a compassionate and inclusive community for individuals with additional needs and their families. Our mission is to provide a platform that connects people with the resources and tools they need to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives. Led by the inspiring trio of Treble J, C. Sharpe, and D. Sharpe, we are passionate advocates for the additional needs community. Through our journey and experiences, we share not only valuable information but also stories of resilience, hope, and triumph. At SharpeLivin’, we understand that every individual’s needs are unique, and we believe in the power of music to bring people together. That’s why we wrap our information in a musical tapestry, appealing to listeners of all backgrounds. Music has the extraordinary ability to touch hearts and bridge gaps, fostering a sense of unity and understanding among our diverse audience. Tune in to SharpeLivin’ anytime because SharpeLivin’ is staying global thanks to @SharpeLivin’. Join us as we embark on a transformative journey, filled with powerful conversations, uplifting stories, and a celebration of the incredible individuals who make up our community. Together, let’s build a world where everyone feels valued, supported, and empowered to live their best lives. SharpeLivin’ is here to guide you on this beautiful and inspiring path.
SharpeLivin’ is produced by Additional Needs Inc.

Interview with Kyra Phillips of ABC News:

Interview with Sean Martinelli of NBC2 News:

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“Through Awareness We Grow”

Right now the additional needs’ community is full of stress and anxiety. It’s the process not the outcome that helps alleviate stress and anxiety. That is one of the reasons we want artists to get involved and not worry if they will win one of the top prizes. With that mission in mind, we came up with “Support individuals with additional needs as you support your local businesses by becoming an Angel sponsor for ANI’s art contest. “

ANI constantly strives to see how our resources and events will be a win-win for everyone involved. As an Angel Sponsor you are encouraging individuals with additional needs to get involved with the art contest as you continue supporting your local businesses. That is a win win for everyone. We want to give everyone a chance to win a prize and that is the reason why we thought of this idea which was inspired by our CEO’s sister-law Heidi Sharpe. She and her family purchased two gifts cards from Frank’s Bakery in Bangor Maine and then did a drawing to give those cards away.  

How it works is you, the Angel sponsor, purchases a gift card of $25 or more from one or more of your local businesses and mail it to Additional Needs, Inc. at P.O. Box 110124 Naples, Florida 34108. Please e-mail us at Info@additionalneeds.info to let us know it’s coming so we can start on the promotional part so once it arrives we are all set to start getting the word out to individuals with additional needs in your area.  You and the company or companies you purchased from will be put on our Angel Sponsor page. Once the card or cards arrive we will let the artists know that we will have a drawing in two weeks for the card or cards. Once the two weeks is up we will do a live Facebook drawing by putting the names of the artists in your area in a hat and pulling out a name. The more cards we get, the more drawings we will do.  In order for the artists to participate in the drawings, they will need to be registered and have a picture of how their artwork is coming along. Or, if they have finished it in those two weeks the final picture of their artwork. We just want to make sure that the artist is going do a piece of art. Artists will be eligible for new cards that come into their area as long as they have not won a card before.

Thank you for helping individuals with additional needs de-stress as you support your local businesses in these trying times.