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350 mile bike ride to lower disabled unemployment

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 11:58:39-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — John Robinson was born a congenital amputee, and at three feet tall, has no extension of his arms and legs.

"It's part of who I am and I am proud of it" Robinson said.

Because of his disability, Robinson had a difficult time finding a job out of college.

"When I graduated I was unemployed for four and a half years, mostly because of what I look like."

That unemployment is not unusual, according to Robinson, 70% of disabled New Yorkers are unemployed, so he is embarking on his 6th 350 mile, 12 day bike ride to raise awareness to the lack of disabled hiring.

The ride will go from Buffalo to Albany following the Erie Canal. M&T Bank, who sponsor the ride, are doing so in hopes that it leads to more inclusion.

"It's so important because it's a core of who we are, it brings a sense of inclusion, a sense of giving back that our employees value and it's really a part of who M&T is" Kristy Farrell, Director of Diversity of M&T Bank said.