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Challenges of Life

Carolyn KinardMany individuals and youth visit various Workforce Solutions career offices daily seeking employment, training, the use of computers and fax machines, or interview with an onsite employer that’s hiring. As adults, we all face life challenges in taking care of self and family, but sometimes we neglect taking the time to speak with our kids regarding some of the challenges they may be facing in school, or something personal they are dealing with from an emotional perspective. Continue reading ‘Challenges of Life’

The 183-Year-Old

Richard PratherPart Two
While still hugging Ms. Jaya, she expressed right away “I didn’t get the gig and I am disappointed in you!” With a laugh on my face, I said, “ME?” “Yes, you said I shouldn’t have any issues getting that storyteller position” she stated as she pushed away from our hug. “Ms. Jaya, I received some feedback from the interviewer.” Looking down at the gravel around our feet, “Oh really” she said exhaling. Ms. Jaya, knowing that a reality check conversation was on its way, released her dog to the elements of the park. Lika gladly ran off with four-and-a-half other dogs in the park, leaving us to talk freely. Continue reading ‘The 183-Year-Old’

The 183-Year-Old

Richard PratherPart One
There was a lady who lived down the street and I used to see her at the dog park now and then as I ran by. One day her dog got loose just as I ran around the corner. I called out to her dog, “Lika!” She ran right to me as if we had been best friends for years. Relieved, I picked her up with a smile and walked her back to the dog park. Ms. Jaya was already making her way to me slowly, thanking me continuously. “I was happy to be in the right area at the right time,” I explained. It was clear that she was upset, so I invited her to sit with me on a nearby bench. Continue reading ‘The 183-Year-Old’

Who Cares About NDEAM?

David SpearsCornelius BookerNDEAM stands for National Disability Employment Awareness month. Held each October, NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2019 is The Right Talent, Right Now. Continue reading ‘Who Cares About NDEAM?’

NDEAM Ideas

David SpearsAs we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) held each October, we do so to celebrate contributions made by workers that have a disability and also to educate the community about disability related issues. Although this is highlighted during the month of October each year, it’s really ongoing throughout the whole year and there are some things your organization or group can do to participate in NDEAM. Continue reading ‘NDEAM Ideas’

White Cane Safety Day 2019

Cornelius BookerWorkforce Solutions continues to celebrate the strides that people with disabilities have made to overcome various challenges they face in employment and independent living. During this month we also participate in White Cane Safety Day events which will take place this year at City Hall in downtown Houston. Continue reading ‘White Cane Safety Day 2019’

The Ability to do things Different

David SpearsPeople may not be aware that folks with a disability can perform most projects just as well as anyone else can, only differently. For example, walking is not the method I use for mobility, but I still get to where I need to go just the same by using a wheelchair. While driving my car, I may not put my foot on the pedal, but rather my hand on the hand control to “push on it” rather than “step on it!” Those seemingly opposite actions have the same result (and usually a traffic ticket). At work, it’s the same: I may not complete projects the way others might, but I achieve the same results with the same high-quality standard. Continue reading ‘The Ability to do things Different’


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