Abilities United is honored and delighted to tell you that the Abilities United Employment Services Job Developer, Jaclyn Fratangelo, a Pleasanton resident, has been selected as one of “TIAA Difference Maker 100 Honorees” – 100 individuals working in the nonprofit sector who have made significant contributions in their communities and throughout the world. She was selected out of 4,000 submissions!

TIAA will also make a $10,000 donation to Abilities United in her honor in the coming weeks. Glancing through the list of recipients shows that there is only one other Bay Area recipient, a woman who lives in Petaluma.

Jackie is being recognized for her work in helping to place people with disabilities in jobs that utilize their skills and talents. Jackie acquired a disability when she was injured in a car accident. She was also recognized by the San Andreas Regional Center with a “Service Above Self” award in 2013 and was a featured speaker at an Abilities United Authors Luncheon.

Here is Jackie’s story shared on the TIAA Difference Maker 100 website https://map.tiaadifferencemaker100.org/

Jaclyn Fratangelo, a job developer at Abilities United, has placed 50 individuals with disabilities in meaningful careers in the last year alone.

She teaches adults with disabilities how to advocate for themselves in the workplace and how to achieve financial independence, giving them incentive to get up every morning and helping to build their self-esteem. Fratangelo knows firsthand the challenges workers with disabilities face, as she herself became a quadriplegic after being struck by a drunk driver in 1999. Since then, she has devoted her life to helping others. “I believe so strongly in the impact a job has in a disabled person’s life,” Fratangelo says. “I’m inspired when I see the positive impact in each person’s life once they are employed and contributing to the community.”