I would like to take this opportunity to speak to you about the role of Protection and Advocacy Agencies. The role of these agencies is to preserve and protect the rights of people with developmental disabilities. Yet another role of these agencies is to ensure access to medical equipment such as power wheelchairs and other types of adaptive equipment. One example of such an agency is the Arizona Center for Disability Law. For more information on protection and advocacy agencies please visit:Arizona Center for Disability Law There are protection and advocacy agencies all over the United States. They are all governed by the National disability Rights Network "NDRN" National Disability Rights Network
The idea of transition is not easy for anyone to accept. But it is something we all must face at one point in our lives. For example the transition between preschool and elementary school, elementary school to junior high, junior high to high school, high school to college, employment, or trade school no matter how transition occurs, it happens. How one handles transition is individualized. Some people handle it better than others. We mustn't fear change, or transition, because it is how we grow and mature. Allow me to provide an example of what I mean. When we are students in high school we often relied on our teachers to remind us when a particular assignment was due. In contrast, in college, the individual is expected to keep track of his or her assignment deadlines. The same principles apply to any type of employment. Responsibility is nothing to fear, it can lead to personal satisfaction and fulfillment in a job well done. Success in the workplace can ultimately lead to financial independence. Which can lead to other positive things such as owning a car, or house, or starting a small business. The sky is the limit. Let me tell you, personal success is not easy. It takes hard work, and dedication. That may mean doing something that isn't always pleasant. However, it may pay off in the end. The important thing to remember is not to get discouraged, and sometimes that is easier said than done.
Allow me to provide some examples. Before graduating from high school, I was dual enrolled in college courses at Pima Community College. My reason for dual enrollment was so I could get used to becoming a college student and the level of commitment it would take to be a conscientious successful student. I knew from the very beginning that I had to take responsibility for myself and my actions. During my time at Pima Community College I changed my education major six times before finally deciding on social services. After completing my degree in social services in two thousand one, I attempted to find employment in various locations, but I was unsuccessful.
Consequently, I searched for work for approximately two years. I decided to return to Pima College and obtain yet another degree in office administration professions. I successfully completed this degree in two thousand five. I did spend some time as a Court appointed special advocate for the Pima County juvenile court system, from two thousand one through two thousand six. From January 2006 through November 2006 I was involved with an organization called Pilot Parents of Southern Arizona. Click here to learn more.
After successfully completing the program coursework, I became a board member for the DDD Council formally known as the Arizona governor's Council on developmental disabilities. After the former Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities dissolved in two thousand nine two thousand ten respectively, I was chosen to serve as a board member with the Arizona center for disability law Board of Directors. Two thousand ten to present. I am currently involved in an internship program with the workability program, which is based here in Tucson Arizona.
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In conclusion, change can be a good thing. It can be scary, but if people cannot change, they might be missing out on something better. Never give up on yourself, or your dreams. Let nothing stand in your way.
We all know that locating a job can sometimes be tedious, and difficult. Sometimes we take jobs that we do not necessarily want. We take any job just to make ends meet. However, there are exceptions to the rule. Some people may already have a job, or career, that they absolutely love, but like anything in life there are no guarantees. Unforeseen circumstances can arise, let us say for example, that the company you work for suddenly down-sizes, and layoffs occur. What is one to do for income?
Fortunately, there are a couple of options one may want to take advantage of. A person may decide to go back to school and pursue a college degree. Yet another example of a life-changing decision might be to start a small business. No matter which decision one may make, they both require a great deal of thought and planning. You may feel overwhelmed at first; you may also feel as if there is no one to assist you in achieving your goals, luckily, there is help out there. One example of assistance would be About Score of Southern Arizona another useful resource is the small business administration There may be some legal aspects to starting your own business. They include trade marking of business name, incorporation of your business. Etc. score of Southern Arizona is an organization that may be able to assist you.
Both Score, and the Small Business Administration, assisted me with procuring a financial loan, which I used to buy equipment such as a computer and software. The services offered by Score are open to the public free of charge. Score is comprised of a network of retired business executives. If you would like more information, you may call: (520)-505-3636
I, myself, have ran my own business at one point in my life. I was in the business of designing websites for other small companies. One piece of advice that I would give to those who are thinking about starting a business in the future is this: it's going to be a long, difficult road, but if it is a product or service that you truly believe in, anything is possible. Never give up on yourself, or your dreams. I wish you the best of luck in whatever you choose to achieve.
I'd like to take this opportunity to speak to you about a valuable information resource that is often overlooked, and underutilized. This resource is your local public library. Human beings by nature are information seekers. In this day and age people often turn to the Internet in order to seek out the information they desire. This method works for most people, but what about those of us who do not have access to a computer. How are those people supposed to find the information they desire? That is where your local public library comes into play. It is a world of information under one roof. All a person needs in order to access this information is a library card. A library card can be obtained by anyone, at your local public library free of charge. . If you would like more information about how to get a library card please click here.
There are a couple aspects to having a library card that one must be mindful of.
1 If library items are checked out, it is important to be aware of, the date an item, or items are due back at the library. If an item, or items are not returned within a timely manner, monetary fines may be applied to your library card. Check with your local library for specific details.
2. Most public library facilities have policies regarding the amount of items that may be checked out at once. Again, check with your local library for specific details.
Your local library may also offer job seeking assistance Please click here for more information
I would like to take this opportunity to express my feelings of being a young adult in both the academic, and professional world. My purpose for selecting this particular topic is simple. To pass on my knowledge and experiences to the next generation of young adults with disabilities who may be new to the academic world, or professional world.
My first tip to those who are reading this is:
1. Believe in yourself and what you choose to achieve.
2. Success is never easy be prepared, to make mistakes. It is only through mistakes that we improve.
3. Do not let your disability defined who you are! Yes, It is a part of you, but It shouldn’t determine who you are as a person. Only you, and you alone, are in control of your destiny.
4. Expect change: nothing in life ever remains the same.
5. This tip is for those who may be entering the academic world. Education can play a vital role in obtaining the job, or career that one may choose. It is my opinion, that education is a vital component to achieving professional success.
6. For those who may be new to the professional world, I offer this advice: it is important to maintain good hygiene and appearance.
B. Research career prospects thoroughly. (Find out everything you can about the job or career before applying.)
C. Try and maintain a positive attitude.
D. Maintain humor.
E. keep an open mind. Be prepared to accept criticisms, whether they be positive, or negative. Criticism can serve as a learning experience. We can then improve upon our mistakes.
Please note: the tips that I have just mentioned above are going to change from person to person. What may work for one person, may not work for another. Furthermore, these tips are based on personal opinion.
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.
These posts are written by the students of the Employment Workshop Series.