Employment

For many individuals with neuromuscular diseases, finding a meaningful career can make for a richer, more independent life

posted on October 8, 2015 - 9:47am
Going from being a high school or college student to an independent, working adult can be challenging for almost anyone. But for individuals who live with neuromuscular diseases, the transition into the workforce can be especially overwhelming.  But young adults in the MDA community who have successfully made this employment leap agree that the rewards of meaningful work are worth the...

U.S. Dept. of Justice Seeks Job Applicants with Disabilities

posted on June 1, 2009 - 4:08pm
Attention job seekers with disabilities interested in working in the U.S. Department of Justice: This is a good time to apply. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently issued a memo calling on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to hire and promote people with disabilities, with the goal of making DOJ “a model employer with a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities.”

When disability made it hard to work, these four found new careers doing what they love

posted on September 1, 2007 - 10:17am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 5
Physical health can be out of our control, but attitude is of our own choosing. Meet four people who took an “I’m going to do this” attitude when confronted by health limitations that ended their livelihoods. By using the strength and power of positive thinking, these four successfully transitioned into new satisfying careers. Embrace yourself
posted on January 1, 2007 - 4:13pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 1
Listening to the Experts: Students with Disabilities Speak Out, edited by Elizabeth B. Keefe, Ph.D., Veronica M. Moore, Ph.D., and Frances R. Duff, M.A., 218 pages, 2006, $19.95. Paul H. Brookes Publishing, (800) 638-3775, www.brookespublishing.com. A message of inclusion resonates through the personal stories told by special education teachers, students and their parents in this book.
posted on November 1, 2005 - 10:09am
QUEST Vol. 12, No. 6
Ergonomics is literally the study of work, so for this article, we’ll use the word “work” to describe extensive periods of time spent at your desk, whether you’re working, studying, typing really long love letters or playing computer games.
posted on May 1, 2004 - 4:45pm
How hard can it be to defy the odds, or should I say easy? How many times will I let doors slam in my face, or how many times will I welcome the second door of opportunity? Can I do things that society labels uncommon? Better yet, watch me turn society's uncommon tasks into...

Job hunting for the college graduate with a disability

posted on May 1, 2004 - 4:06pm
You've just rolled across the stage, with your college diploma in hand. A huge weight has been lifted from your shoulders, but before you get too comfortable, you need to face the reality of finding a job and the added stress of finding one when you have a disability. Don't make the mistake of thinking that a college education guarantees you a job in your desired field. But, though the search may...

Skills for the job of living

posted on September 30, 1999 - 5:00pm
This article, the first of a two-part series, focuses on occupational therapy for adults, in which the emphasis is on entry into or return to work, and social and self-care activities. Part 2 will discuss occupational and related therapies for children, in which the emphasis is on school, play and promoting physical and psychological development.