Work Is a Pathway to Independence

By Guest Bloggers Susan Tachau, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation and René Bryce-Laporte, Principal at Bryce-Laporte Information & Consulting

Americans have a strong rhetorical attachment to “work ethic.” Work is important. In many ways, contributing to society through work and the job you do actually defines you. Americans talk about taking pride in their work. We talk about work as the proper way to care for ourselves and our families. We require those who receive unemployment benefits to demonstrate that they are looking for work.

So we should all be pleased that Michael just got a job. He values employment. And for years he wanted to work, but he couldn’t find a long-term job. Despite the fact that he has a college degree, Michael faces some hurdles that others don’t. Michael has cerebral palsy and he’s a wheelchair user. But he has an attitude and skills that many employers complain they’re unable to find in young workers. Still, finding a job was a challenge.

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