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Check Out the AbilityOne Design Challenge

Check Out the AbilityOne Design Challenge

Have you heard about the AbilityOne design challenge? It’s an assistive technology competition for both high school and collegiate level participants sponsored by AbilityOne, a single source non-profit employment agency that’s helped over 50,000 people with disabilities find jobs. This agency particularly helps that those with visual impairments and significant disabilities. A very cool thing […]

Ethan Ruby

Becoming an Entrepreneur

Numerous reasons exist for the unacceptably high unemployment rate for people with disabilities, ranging from the lack of accommodations to stereotypical assumptions by employers, but one potential solution may be right under our noses. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, self-employment is twice as likely in the disabled population. Owning your own business can have […]

Navigating Voc Rehab

Many people with disabilities throughout the United States have taken advantage of their state’s vocational rehabilitation services, with varying degrees of success. Vocational rehabilitation services — mandated under the Rehabilitation Act and provided through the states — are offered to individuals with disabilities who have a “physical or mental impairment that constitutes or results in […]

Verbatim: Joe Amoroso

Verbatim: Joe Amoroso

Joe Amoroso, 39, is currently the acting division director for the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Disability Services. Amoroso, who has cerebral palsy, oversees a budget of over $300 million and hopes to drop the “acting” from his title. How’d you join the crip club? My true awareness started in my early […]

Life Rolls on for the Reeve Foundation

Life Rolls on for the Reeve Foundation

You know the story: Famous Superman actor has unthinkable accident, experiences near-death and wrestles with his will to live. Assured by his beautiful wife that she will always be there for him and that his children need him, Christopher Reeve, now a vent-dependent quad, decides he wants to live …

Dr. Sam Simms

Quad Doctors: In or Out?

In August 1999, while driving to work after closing the deal on a new house, 34-year-old Sam Simms was hit by another driver and crashed in a rollover accident. Unable to move, having difficulty breathing, and hanging upside-down in his truck, he knew he was paralyzed. As the medical director …

Amanda on the Range

Amanda on the Range

Who needs Vegas? Amanda Stewart Tye learned to “play the cards that were dealt” in America’s biggest game of chance — farming. She grew up near tiny Keyes, Okla. — in a county that touches …

Want to Work?

Want to Work?

Your alarm goes off at 5 a.m. – a rude awakening, as usual. You’ve got a three-hour morning routine to contend with, and you’re never sure if your attendant will arrive on time. You’ll have just enough time to grab a bit of breakfast before loading yourself into a van (or public transit, so you’d […]

"I cannot work ... but I can't afford to be 'gainfully employed' as I will lose all the government benefits that sustain me." --June Price

The Secret Vocation

For the past month I’ve had a front row seat watching one of the most miserable jobs in existence: hot tar roofing. I feel nothing but gratitude that someone else is making a good wage putting a roof on my apartment building.

Twelve Ways to Jump-Start Your Job

Twelve Ways to Jump-Start Your Job

When I entered the job market five years ago, my communications degree stashed confidently under my arm, I had digested two or three of the hot books on job hunting