Working with a Spinal Cord Injury

Monica teaches

(Photo Credit: Sun Journal)

In honor of Labor Day weekend and September being SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) Awareness Month, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to get hired! Yes, it is stressful to find a job or a volunteer position, disabled or not, but it can be a great way to be a part of the community.

There are also additional aspects to consider such as the ability to drive, have someone drive you or public transport. Your personal health care needs, medical supplies, insurance and pain management are also factors.  There are many options available to fit your lifestyle and needs, it is not a one size fits all. It can be done and it is worth it; it does require planning and deciding what is right for you. Overall, it is a personal choice.

Don’t get discouraged, and it is okay to ask for help. Get a job coach, seek out Vocational Rehab or support groups in your area. To put it in perspective, it took me 200 applications and 22 interviews to get my first college teaching job.

My physical disability as a wheelchair user is a bit obvious, but whatever your disability is, the right place will be welcoming and accommodating.

Wheel Love, Monica xo

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