Approximately 215 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed (214 years and 22 days to be exact), the United States assured that all Americans with disabilities would be given the same opportunities as those without.
As a result, disabled individuals can now accomplish the same thing that our forefathers set out to do many years ago: Be Successful.
In the current labor market, finding the right job is tough. The multiple barriers that people with disabilities may face can ultimately stop a person from looking for work; and in many cases, will tire and give up. The ADA has laid a foundation so that if those with a disability are looking for work, and remain persistent in their efforts, will succeed in finding a prosperous career.
Workforce Solutions has made every effort to build upon the foundation that was set by the passing of the ADA into legislation 25 years ago. Workforce Career Centers maintain accessibility such that any person regardless of ability is able to independently utilize services offered. One such method is to have assistive technologies available for many forms of disability including sensory and physical, as well as providing access to technology within reach.
Regional Disability Navigators work with employers, area residents, and other organizations in effort to bring about the realization that diversifying workforce staff is a benefit to businesses and local economies as a whole. Workforce Center staff provides assistance to ALL job seekers, regardless of ability, to help them “find a job, keep a job, or get a better job.”
An important point to remember, whether or not you have a disability, is to never give up if you want to succeed. Everyone has the opportunity to live the American Dream. If you work hard and take advantage of the tools that the ADA and Workforce Solutions have provided, you will find work.
To the public, the ADA will always be seen as the people who enforce accessibility for all those with a disability. To those with a disability, the ADA will always be seen as the act that made it possible for ALL Americans to succeed.
Diego Trevino is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. Before joining the regional team, he served as a greeter, employment counselor and staffing specialist. Earlier in his career he traveled to South Korea where he taught students English. He uses past teaching experiences and present workforce knowledge to conduct job skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast Region.