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Hugh Breland, CEO of U&I, a Dallas nonprofit that empowers individuals with disabilities and those with barriers to employment, has been accepted into the Forbes Business Council, the foremost growth and networking organization for successful business owners and leaders worldwide.

Breland was selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience in the disability community. Criteria for acceptance includes a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

“It’s a profound honor to be selected to participate in the Forbes Business Council,” said Breland. “Veterans and the disabled community deserve a strong voice to highlight their struggles, aspirations, talents, and achievements. Every veteran and individual with disabilities has immense value, and through the Forbes Business Council, I aim to educate the business community and beyond about the significant and transformative contributions veterans and the disabled can make with the right support.”

As a member of the Council, Breland has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence. He will connect and collaborate with other respected leaders in a private forum. Breland also will have the opportunity to share his expert insights in original articles and contribute to published Expert Panels alongside other experts on


Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC).  In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive. To learn more about Forbes Councils, visit


In 1951, Jean Walker Bentley overcame cultural barriers and spoke out for disabled children and their families. She started the Children’s Development Center to meet the scholastic and socialization needs of children with special needs. In 1981, the federal government mandated that public schools had the responsibility to educate children with disabilities. The organization evolved to help veterans find employment and provide vocational training for special education students preparing to transition out of high school.

Today, as one of the largest workforce development centers in DFW, U&I continues to meet the needs of disabled individuals by providing vocational training, job readiness training, paid work opportunities and community placement to more than 1000 youth and adults with severe intellectual, physical and/or mental health disabilities. More information is available at