In celebration of Autism Awareness Month, The Prospector Theater was invited to Hartford April 12 to receive the \u201cEmployer of the Year\u201d award from the State of Connecticut and the Autism Action Coalition. Organizations and individuals alike were honored for their work, as the State of Connecticut celebrated the Autism community. The Prospector Theater \u2013 a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing meaningful employment to adults with disabilities through the operation of a first-run movie theater in Ridgefield \u2013 was recognized for its efforts and dedication to people and families with Autism Spectrum Disorders. State Senator Toni Boucher commended the Prospector for \u201cproviding both entertainment and employment opportunities for those with ASD.\u201d The Prospector\u2019s dedication to creating meaningful employment for adults with disabilities provides a model for other businesses and employers to follow. Nearly 80% of Americans with disabilities are unemployed, and through their competitive and integrated work environment, the Prospector is demonstrating the talents, capabilities, and employability of this underrepresented workforce. Since opening in November of 2014, the Prospector has employed over 190 Prospects: the name of all employees of the Theater. Prospects are all paid above the minimum wage, and encouraged to explore their talents and passions \u2013 or sparkle \u2013 through a variety of job opportunities, including projection, video production, animation, baking, development, etc. The Prospector is currently the number one performing independent four-screen movie theater in the tri-state area, demonstrating to employers that the hiring of adults with disabilities is not \u201cnice\u201d or the \u201cright thing to do\u201d, but that people with disabilities add real value to the business.