Roderick Batson is using his businesses to give back!
Batson has two organizations committed to helping people with disabilities in the Houston, Texas, area. He is able to provide them with employment and help break the stigma that they experience from their disabilities.
“It’s inspiring to see a population of people who are labeled with a disability that actually have so many abilities,” Batson told AfroTech. “Once we focus on the abilities and not the disability, we see what they are actually capable of.”
He is a franchisee of Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, Essential Speech, and ABA Therapy Clinic. The ice cream shop provides jobs to young adults, while Essential Speech and ABA Therapy Clinic work to end misconceptions surrounding those living with disabilities.
“A big misconception is, because they have a disability, they aren’t able, and Howdy Homemade Ice Cream has allowed them to not only be employable but to be some of the best employees you’ll ever have,” he explained. “One thing we’ve done at Howdy is made all of the prices on the cash register even numbers so they aren’t having to count change. This has made it simple for them to succeed and fulfill a job that is rewarding and making them feel a part of society and the workplace.”