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There's no avoiding that some of my postings have had a negative slant to them, and a darker casting.  I won't apologize for it; when things are bad, the responsible, mature, beneficial members of the community keep their eyes, minds, and hearts open.  It doesn't matter if voices in the dark speak loudly or softly, but they should be present, meaningful, and contributing.  The contributions don't necessitate relentless or naive positivity, but optimism that's been measured, qualified, tested, and proven carries as much value as the thudding war drums resonating in the deep.  I believe the...


According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report from August, 2014, 80.2% of persons with disabilities are not participating in the labor force. The non participation rate for persons without disabilities is only 31.8% according to the same report.  The latest-recorded unemployment rate for disabled job seekers (from August 2014) stands at 12.8.%, versus 6% for the non-disabled community. These are discouraging numbers, but my point in this writing is not to embolden the badness of the labor landscape for those people in the disability community who are trying to engineer their employment...


Cynics say that the belief and reality that people all make and live in one community is an idealist's refuge of theory and abstraction.  I believe this point of view is untrue and damnable, and my reasoning is grounded in the progressing injustice being executed in Ferguson, Missouri.  Michael Brown has been laid to rest, and the facts and judgments surrounding his death are in dispute, but I believe that the circumstances spiraling out from the gunning down of an eighteen-year-old in the street in broad daylight are less important than the undeniable truth that this young man died...


 

            Inspiration is one of the more difficult crafts to qualify and benefit from, in life.  This is partly because whoever is doing the inspiring isn’t directly controlling whether they’re inspirational or not.  The necessity, utility, and recognition awarded to someone who is attempting to inspire comes from the person, group, or organization being inspired.  I can’t state outright, “I’m inspirational,” because inspiration is something that needs to be distinctly, earnestly proven on an individual basis.  Inspiration is a lot like humor, both in the method of delivery and...


             I know I’m addressing women and men with these words, not girls or boys or newborns unaware of how the world works and what civilization expects, so in detailing common topics like motivation and success, I’ll avoid tidy fortune cookie platitudes such as “Believe in yourself!”  You’re adults, professionals who work.  If you didn’t understand the value of belief and perseverance, you wouldn’t be given the responsibilities and rewards that define professionalism.  Keeping this in mind, then, I think I have some information relevant to assisting professional men and women who...


I’ll begin with a reminder that this article is written specifically from the perspective of an individual with an obvious physical disability, who self-identifies by nature and choice as an individual with a disability.  Not everyone who has a disability is readily identifiable as a disabled person, for myriad different reasons.  For example, their disability may not be physical, visually recognizable, or they may choose to obscure or deny the conditions and precepts of their disability.  This is their choice, and they are free to make it.  However, an argument will be made in this...


As a professional and a job seeker with a disability, I’m often confronted with a work environment that becomes a challenge for me to consistently successfully navigate because of unique difficulties imposed by my disability.  My disability is Cerebral Palsy, and the individual issues that I need to recognize and circumvent on a daily basis are physical in nature, centered on mobility.  This is the perspective through which I will summarize and investigate reasonable accommodation within the workplace, however, I’d...


AbilityLinks is hosting a virtual job fair Tuesday, March 25 to Thursday, March 27, 2014, one of three virtual job fairs scheduled for 2014. Here are some answers to common questions employers, service providers and persons with disabilities have about the job fair.

 

Is there a fee?

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I am a chronic procrastinator. Does that sound like you, too? Do you frequently open up your Internet browser, intending only to check your "most important" websites, only to suddenly look down and realize four hours have passed and you haven't gotten ANY work done? If so, you're not alone! 

Many people use the Internet as a distraction device, even if it's what they're meant to be using to get their work done. According to a Salary.com survey in 2012, up to 64% of people say they visit non-work related websites while at work! Not only does this...


Bill O'Connor, editors note: Our intern, Lauren Bryant, discusses this important day for people with disabilities and how it affects those searching for employment.

January 20th is known as Martin Luther King Day, celebrating the Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. A lesser known fact is that January 20th is also the International Day of Acceptance, a day for all those with disabilities and their loved ones to celebrate acceptance and understanding. 

The International Day of Acceptance (IDoA) was the creation of Annie Hopkins, a woman with...


 

 I'm going to run a little experiment. I want all of you reading this to ask anyone, anyone at all, the following question: “Hey, have you heard of this website called Tumblr?” What was their response? 

I can almost guarantee that 90% or so of those people you asked, responded with: “What the heck is Tumblr?” 

Tumblr is a micro-blogging website that can best be described (in my opinion) as...


On October 8-10, AbilityLinks kicked off National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with a virtual job fair.

One of the posters for this year's NDEAM theme

Thank you to the 30 employers and 133 job-seekers who helped make it a success! Job-seekers from 18 states logged on to attend during the three-day event, but if you missed it, you can still check out the 134 new jobs posted.

Participating employers included Acquirent; Acxiom; American Academy of Pediatrics; Americaneagle.com;...


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