STRAIGHT TALK: Leading an Independent Life Because of the ADA

STRAIGHT TALK: Leading an Independent Life Because of the ADA
Sukhwa Glick, 26, Atlanta, GA resident, part-time employee and aspiring photographer. Do any of those labels indicate that I am a person with a disability? No? Well, I am. And I am glad that they do not imply that because my disability isn't who I am, but a part of me. On August 11, 1988 in...

MIA’S SPACE: A World That Works for Everyone

MIA’S SPACE: A World That Works for Everyone
Mia rides paratransit to work three days a week. The fare is $3.20 each way, in cash, exact change. She can buy a book of 10 tickets for $32. She must give the driver the money and get the tickets at the same time, so this involves some arrangements. Mia lets me know when she has two tickets...

Expert Update: Rethinking the Developmental Disability Definition

Expert Update: Rethinking the Developmental Disability Definition
I want to begin this article with a confession: I broke my neck in 1973 at the age of 27. This is the same age that Janice Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison committed suicide. Their suicides have nothing to do with the rest of the article except for the fact that I wanted to getyour...

July 26, 2015: 25 Years of Emancipation

July 26, 2015: 25 Years of Emancipation
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the beginning of a new era in civil and human rights. By signing the law on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson completed what his predecessor, President John F. Kennedy, had started. The act made discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or...

PERSPECTIVES: Businesses Have To Break Barriers

PERSPECTIVES: Businesses Have To Break Barriers
At Project SEARCH, I learned how to make beds, make packets, move all the stuff from the old hospital rooms to the new hospital rooms, check hospital machines and other various tasks in the departments at Cartersville Medical Center's The Hope Center. The center serves cancer patients with...

PERSPECTIVES: A Sense of Pride

PERSPECTIVES: A Sense of Pride
When I think about my employment, it gives me a great sense of pride about myself and who I am. I started working at Pilgrim's Pride in May of this year where I started as a shipping loader. My supervisors tell me that I am a hard worker and that I am dependable. They can always count on me to...

Employment First Begins a Worthwhile Path to Success

Employment First Begins a Worthwhile Path to Success
People work for many reasons. For some, it provides a sense of self or meaning in one's life; for others it is the social context of meeting and associating with others in a common effort or goal; and for still others, it is the means by which to gain status, either personal or economic, which...

A Call to Action to Ask for More

When Employment First becomes the culture in Georgia, will it provide enough help for people with disabilities to have the good life? The life that everyone strives for, regardless of disability, without want for basic necessities? Employment First Georgia advocates suggest a call to action for...

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