About Creative Spirit

Creative Spirit is a certified 501c3 nonprofit organization devoted to creating integrated employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs) at the best companies in the world. We believe that hiring those with IDDs is not charity, but a privilege. Research strongly supports the fact that hiring neuro-diverse employees drives better thinking and brings a new base of loyal, productive employees to an organization.

Our Mission is Simple

Creative Spirit will create and support the successful placement of individuals with IDDs at the most creative, forward-thinking companies in the world.

The History of Creative Spirit

Creative Spirit was founded in Australia by David Nobay, currently Creative Chairman/Founder at Marcel Advertising in Sydney. He employed one individual with Down Syndrome who went on to become a successful, engaging employee and the role model for many other employees.

In 2016, Laurel Rossi, Gina Grillo, and David Nobay partnered to start Creative Spirit US, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. A successful pilot program was launched in southern California and New York in 2017. Today, there are more than 50 companies in the process of establishing positions with Creative Spirit.