Posts Tagged 'ability'

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’

Can you Identify?

bobicookIn my role as Equal Opportunity Officer for Workforce Solutions, I frequently create and conduct trainings related to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. I spend hours doing research and investigating best practices. This role has offered me the opportunity to counsel staff on how to go about requesting accommodations, offer direction to employers on how to work through the interactive process when responding to accommodation requests, and follow up with individuals to determine whether provided accommodations are working for them. I have been able to partner with organizations and participate in events dedicated to enhancing the employment opportunities available to individuals with disabilities. Continue reading ‘Can you Identify?’

A Formula for Inclusion

David SpearsOctober is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) which celebrates how everyone’s ability plays a role in diversity. For more than 70 years, this month has educated the public about the value of a diverse workforce. The theme for October 2016 is “Inclusion Works.” Continue reading ‘A Formula for Inclusion’

Happy 25th!

DiegoFinding Success
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. Continue reading ‘Happy 25th!’

Rediscovering Your Ability

danny-0509Finding it hard to be thankful when you’re unemployed?
Tis the season to be jolly? Finding it hard to find your holiday cheer because you’re caught up in the stress of a recent lay off or seemingly unending job search? Believe me, I know that as much as we say, “money can’t buy happiness,” not having money definitely inspires the opposite of happiness. Continue reading ‘Rediscovering Your Ability’


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