Employment

Disabled People are Worth More Than the Hours We Can Work

Monday, October 29, 2018It was my fourth day of teaching robotics to middle schoolers and during morning session, one of my students pointed to the sticker beneath my collarbone. He traced it to the knot of cords dangling beside my hip and then…

For Disabled People, the Path to Employment is Still a Maze

Friday, October 5, 2018Luck, an unusually high tolerance for throwing myself into the disquieting unknown, and a measure of family privilege have allowed me to forge a path through the working world that is best described as an erratic squiggle. A long arch…

What Does Inclusion Actually Look Like in the Workplace?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018Until I was pushed out after needing surgery that took me over a year to recover from, I worked for an organization tasked with advancing women in their careers. But their efforts weren’t for disabled women with disabilities like me.…

Disabled People Can Work in the Sh*ttiest Situations

Monday, October 1, 2018Content note: this blog post contains profanity. I shit my pants this morning getting out of bed. Literally, I felt it just ready to rip as I swung my legs over the edge of my wooden bed. My chin went…

If You Really Value the Work of Disabled People, Pay Us For It

Tuesday, August 14, 2018Every week, I get at least a half-dozen requests from disability organizations to volunteer my time to them. They want me to come speak, write, design social media campaigns, join their boards, and provide expert advice on autistic community politics…

Finding Suitable Employment with a Disability

Tuesday, July 18, 2017Finding employment as a disabled person can be challenging. From asset caps to maintain benefits, to exclusionary language on job applications, barriers abound. There are a number of national and local resources available to people with disabilities who are looking

Paying Disabled Workers Fair Market Wage Isn’t Just Ethical…It’s Economical

Friday, July 14, 2017It was a hot summer and I was on the longest road trip of my life when I found the perfect product, something that would keep the heat at bay. It was exactly what I needed and only one small…

Acceptance and Accommodations: Bridges to Workplace Inclusion

Tuesday, November 22, 2016“You don’t look disabled,” a well-meaning colleague said. How do you respond to that? Say “thank you,” as if somehow you hit the jackpot that your disability was not immediately apparent? I opted not to extend false gratitude. Smiling, I…

Setting the Bar Higher for Inclusion in the Legal Field

Wednesday, November 9, 2016Employers in the legal field sign pledges to commit ourselves to promoting a just workplace with equal opportunity for advancement and recognition of the impact of implicit bias. We use “diversity” and “inclusion” as buzzwords. But what does all of…

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