"Employment for People with Disabilities" Booklet Overview

Posted by Reeve Staff in Life After Paralysis on October 28, 2020 # Employment

Disabilities do not diminish individual potential or the ability to pursue an ambitious life and work goals. The questions of how and when and why to get a job inspire different answers for everyone, but whether working in an office with accommodations or building a career from home, there are many paths to successful and rewarding employment.Employment for People with Disabilities booklet cover

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation recently published Employment for People with Disabilities,” a comprehensive guide to seeking or returning to work after sustaining an injury. We are pleased to offer it as we recognize that October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The booklet explores subjects ranging from understanding how employment may affect Social Security Disability Insurance to how to report disability-related discrimination on the job or during a search. In addition, individuals living with disabilities who have successfully pursued fulfilling careers share their stories and advice on how to tackle interviews and embrace the unique strengths that living with a disability brings.

Topics include:

  • Identifying and asking for accommodations using resources like the Job Accommodation Network.
  • Applying for federal employment through the Schedule A hiring authority, an application portal which offers an expedited and non-competitive hiring process for people with disabilities.
  • Understanding Ticket to Work and PASS, federal work incentive programs designed to encourage people with disabilities to return to or join the workforce without immediately losing benefits.
  • Using assistive technology, from voice recognition software to alternative keyboards, to successfully support individual needs.
  • Accessing job boards and employment fairs dedicated to inclusive hiring

To receive a copy of this free booklet, please call the Information Specialist team at 800-539-7309, or download it directly from the publications page.

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