Read the Papers from the State of the Science Conference on the Employment of People with Physical Disabilities
Fitness Job Helps Michael Whitten Build Confidence
From bathing and dressing to eating a meal, Michael Whitten needs a helping hand in almost aspect of his life. Michael, who weighed just two pounds and two ounces when he was born premature December 4, 1994, lives with Cerebral Palsy. In the 23 years since his birth, Michael has endured nearly 40 surgeries and countless stares in public from young and old, his mom Brenda said.
Experiences of Veterans with Amputation: An Exploration of Work and Life Post-Injury- This webinar will highlight mixed-method data collected from Veterans who have experienced an amputation. The results of a literature review, questionnaire, as well as qualitative interviews will be shared. Topics addressed include: employment experiences (challenges and facilitators), individual characteristics of respondents, services/supports, resilience and aspirational features of the sample. Implications and recommendations for promising practices/features and recommended research will be discussed. This research was sponsored by the RRTC on Employment of Physical Disabilities.
Occupational therapy and elementary-age children aren’t always associated with transition. That didn’t deter Deborah Schwind, an occupational therapist in Loudoun County, from starting the Community Independence Instruction (CII) program at Cedar Lane Elementary School. Third to fifth grade students participate in CII building job skills, developing career interests, and embedding academic knowledge through hands-on learning opportunities throughout the school building.
Making Room for Employment Best Practices: Lessons Learned From Agencies- This webinar focuses on practical wisdom and guidelines that demystify the agency process of incorporating Employment Best Practices. The knowledge is based on work with agencies during the previous 5 years who have learned by “doing" under the tutelage of subject matter experts. It explores the fundamentals of the inner workings that come from taking action. Additionally, specific skills, attitudes and choices are highlighted that were important to the success of the specific organizations' process.
The most recent statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016 reveal that 17.9% of people with disabilities had employment, while 65.3% of individuals without a disability were employed. The unemployment rate in 2016 for individuals with disabilities was 10.5%, compared to 4.6% for those without a disability (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017). However, employment rates for individuals with physical disabilities tend to be lower than those of other people with disabilities.
Motivation is a billion dollar a year industry. Motivation to go to the gym. Motivation to eat healthy. Motivation to improve work performance. We ALL need a little extra help in the motivation department. We know that there are really two kinds of motivation: Intrinsic and Extrinsic.
"Get Ready for College: A Resource for Teens with Disabilities" is a free series of online lessons, each focusing on a different aspect in the college preparation, selection, and disability services process.