STEPS Maleny is looking to connect local employers and job seekers to remove the stigma around disability in the workplace, and enhance local business.
An employer achievement evening will be held next month to recognise employers in the community already removing the disability stigma.
The evening will also allow job seekers to join and associate with businesses looking for employees.
STEPS Maleny team leader Jackie Cartwright said local employers needed to start playing by example for others in the area.
"We're really trying to encourage local businesses to start giving our clients a go," she said.
"By playing by example, it will really help remove the stigma associated with disabilities."
Among employers already taking on STEPS clients is Maleny Woolworths, which currently employs eight people with disabilities.
Former Maleny High School student Breanne Ashcroft is one Maleny Woolworths employee who values her job.
The 20-year-old said the employment opportunity allowed her to stay in Maleny rather than having to look for work elsewhere.
"I was having trouble finding not only a job in Maleny but one that would take on someone with a disability," she said.
"I love it at Woolworths because I get to meet people from the Maleny community.
"I've met quite a few people from the six or seven months that I've worked there."
Ms Ashcroft has Asperger's Syndrome and a reading and writing disability, which led her to go to STEPS to find employment.
"I didn't want to move because I've lived here for so long," she said.
"I can't see myself living anywhere else."
To find out more about STEPS Maleny, call 5429 6090, or visit stepsgroup.com.au.