By Michelle McHenry-Edrington, Non-Attorney Advocacy Coordinator
So you have a disability, and you want to remain or become as independent as you can. Maybe you want to go to school and get a job that turns into a career.
First of all, I can imagine that most people in your life have taken away or diminished your hopes and dreams regarding work and independence. Your dreams of living how you choose and being the best you can be are still yours to hope for and dream.
I want you to know that hope lives in your heart, and dreams reside in your mind. I am sharing this information with you because I want you to understand that people and family may quote laws, regulations, and every why not, they can think of to deter you from your wants and dreams. It is our personal responsibility to ask to be told about possibilities, not probabilities.
Okay, let’s make a plan to begin your employment journey. Be aware that this journey will not be without disappointment and frustration.
This concludes part 1 of the road to employment. Complete these first steps, and we will begin part 2.
FYI, don’t try to remember your responses and thoughts because you can’t/won’t. Make a hard copy and included any questions that you might have along the way.