Posts Tagged 'disabilities'

People First?


Four years ago in October, I started this journey of Disability Navigator for Workforce Solutions. During this time, I have learned and trained many individuals on how to hire, communicate, and work with people with disabilities. This has been a job applicable to not only the work place but life as a whole. While watching the news a few weeks ago, I saw a story about a runner with no vision and the title of the story was “Blind Runner.” I know we all have labels, but do you want to be called by your label or be considered an individual first? I would not want to be called “Short Person” for the rest of my life. However, there are other phrases that can be more hurtful than calling someone short. Here are some things I’ve learned about communicating with individuals with disabilities. Continue reading ‘People First?’

Myths: Mental Illness and Job Searching

Claudia In my 3 years as a Disability Navigator I have had the opportunity to work with job seekers, employers, and staff members. Along the way, I have encountered a number of people with questions regarding mental illness and job readiness. It is the wise person who asks if what they have “heard” is, in truth, a fact or a myth. Today, I would like to be a “myth buster” and share some information with you regarding mental illness. Continue reading ‘Myths: Mental Illness and Job Searching’