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Jason A. Corning
Founder & CEO

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“Working efficiently is always satisfying”

Mizaru provides a platform form to assist people with disabilities to find support worker. The company offers co-navigator, communicationfacilitator, and sign language interpreter services to the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deafblind populations under the direction of its founder and CEO, Jason A. Corning. As demand increases, they plan to expand their services to include those with limited vision and those who are blind.

Informing that the number of lawsuits related to the ADA (American Disabilities Act) has increased by over 230% since 2013, Jason professes that they hope to help businesses reduce this number by providing a one-stop platform with all resources and support to businesses and people with disabilities.

Jason is a laid-back manager who is meticulous with his writing, dislikes dressing up, places a high value on his family, and is open to new experiences. Unlike lengthy and detailed meetings, he can be very specific about what must be done to ensure that things operate smoothly and are accessible to others. Participating in community activities brings him great pleasure.

Considering the company's culture, once a week they have meetings with their design and development teams. He wants to create an environment that is more accepting of the deafblind community, where information is more readily available, and where things go according to plan. They occasionally have to accept other people's ways in order to get help from them.

Instead of doing things the conventional way, Jason wants to offer people with disabilities more power so they can show off their skills. He thinks that many companies will have strict deadlines or other requirements. Every one of them calls for individualized attention, which takes time and effort. He thinks they'll do better as a group if everyone chips in with their unique style and knowledge.

He quotes, "It's a hard fight between a deafblind point of view and a hearing and sighted person of view!

Jason considers hiring candidates for his company who have the desire to make a difference in the world and the attitude necessary to provide for those with special needs and additional care. He looks for abilities like problem-solving independence, initiative in obtaining a job, openness to discussing new concepts and procedures, adaptability, and solid communication skills, such as the ability to use sign language. To demonstrate this concept, he provides the example of an event or side chat in which the deaf and blind are included without being requested to be a part of it. It is critical for him to comprehend the criteria for inclusion and accessibility. Besides, Jason claims that he doesn't need timesheets to check his staff’s operation because he trusts his employees. As long as they meet the bare minimum standards, he is open to his staff working remotely from anywhere they choose. He claims that since they are one-level management systems, they are more efficient than multi-level management systems.

Informing that the company was founded by him as a deafblind and the other with normal sight, brought a strong suit to the table in a variety of ways. Since Jason is deafblind, he needs certain procedures to be followed so that he can understand and follow instructions better than the other founder,who is more concerned with investors. Given that he has the same issue as the clients, he listens to their storylines and understands their point of view, which in turn helps him have the ability to add, remove, or modify features on their platform.

One challenge Jason faces as a disability business is that many venture capitalists believe they are too slow or too small. Despite limited resources, they are working hard to expand, and a lot of material on the internet is also inaccessible to individuals who require it. He aims to be a role model for many enterprises and to reach out to the world's 3 billion people with disabilities. Hence, for anything related to success, Jason suggests being patient and prioritizing actions that may take time to develop by performing them correctlyinitially. He once told his hearing and sighted co-founder, "If we want to build a bridge, there are two approaches we can take. According to Jason, they can either construct it with a well-structured layout or install everything they need prior to installing the blacktop where everyone will use it and there won't be any problems down the road, or they can do it quickly and inexpensively but it might not be accessible to everyone.

In five years, Jason wants the company to grow, have campuses in every country, and hire disabled people. He knows many countries don't treat disabled people like the West does. They can showcase their talent and ability by opening offices and hiring them. When they have enough users and employees, they plan to educate and improve governments in other nations to provide equitable access to everyone. It may take a village to strengthen a community, he adds. Consequently, they intend to collaborate with a university and a government agency to identify funds and additional resources to assist the deafblind community in achieving success and independence. IE




Jason A. Corning
Founder & CEO


61 million adults in the U.S. live with a disability. Without access to reliable supports, living independently is challenging for them. That is why we create Mizaru, an inclusive online platform matching people with disabilities with freelance support providers based on qualifications and personalized needs.

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