For decades people with disabilities have faced many barriers. These include: architectural barriers, housing, and transportation barriers, just to name a few. Unfortunately, employment is not exempt. Although, we have made significant strides in efforts to try to eradicate these obstacles, with the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and 1998 respectively. I feel that we as a community have a long way to go in achieving equality. However, this trend is quickly taking a more positive turn, thanks to organizations such as the workability program. The purpose of this program is to train, educate, and integrate people with disabilities into the workforce. Speaking as an individual with a disability, my goal is to become a productive, and active member of this great community. I would like to take some time to speak about my own difficulties in locating meaningful employment.
I currently hold two college degrees from Pima Community College. My first, is in the field of social services with an emphasis in youth services. I quickly discovered that the field of social services was emotionally draining. Furthermore, I could not find work in that field. Therefore, I decided to return to Pima and obtain yet another degree in the field of Office Administrative Professions which I completed in 2004 2005 respectively. I have been searching for work since then. Fortunately my efforts have not been wasted. I have secured positions with both the Workability program, and Project Raise. My duties as a volunteer with Project Raise include working with Students on developing skills in reading, writing, math, and computers.
There is one aspect of life that I find very exciting, and tend to live by. This human ability is the ability to learn, and improve our individual lives. For example, I am currently involved in an internship with the workability program. I am also attempting to seek certification in Microsoft applications, in order to become a tutor in software.