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(Dis)abilities + Work + Beaverton = No Problem! Meet Abby, Employed at 5 Guys Burgers & Fries

| January 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

By Dirkse CC Team11 Abby at 5 Guys

Abby Monger is a kind, outgoing 22-year-old from Beaverton with abounding enthusiasm for life. She enjoys watching movies, dancing and listening to her favorite music. She is also someone who experiences Asperger’s syndrome; commonly referred to as a milder form of Autism, a complex developmental disability.

According to The Autism Society, individuals diagnosed with Asperger’s often experience difficulties with social and communication skills but have normal intelligence and language development, they may be socially awkward and not understand conventional rules. These challenges did not stop Abby from her goal of working and becoming more independent in the community.

Abby graduated from Aloha High School in 2014 with a modified diploma and was given the opportunity to attend the Beaverton School District’s Community Transition Program (BCTP) to help her gain life skills and work experience. It was there that Abby was introduced to Chris Perry, Employment Specialist at Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. who partnered with the BCTP and the State of Oregon Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to assist Abby in her goal of obtaining her first paid job. Together they determined her career goal would be to work in an environment that would be supportive of her vivacious personality and appreciate her strong work ethic. Mr. Perry introduced Abby to 5 Guys Burgers and Fries in Beaverton and a successful match was made; just like burgers and fries!

General Manager Carmen Marble shared, “Abby is awesome, she’s funny, and has a great sense of loyalty. Abby has a “set routine” she follows as she wipes tables, re-stocks condiments, cleans windows and sweeps floors; all with great excitement and enthusiasm to be working and part of the team at 5 Guys. “The employees sure do know how to work together” according to Abby. The team at 5 Guys does work hard at providing the best burgers and fries along with their exceptional customer service; the welcoming smiles from Abby and the team are free, of course!

If you would like more information on how to become a more diverse and inclusive employer, contact Business Development Manager, Cindy Bahl at 503-258-7715 or

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Category: Beaverton Voice, Community Stories

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