October 26, 2015

National Disability Employment Month

Businessman with spinal cord injury in wheelchair using automatic door opener at office building entranceOctober is National Disability Employment Month.  In his proclamation, President Obama reminded us that “A quarter century ago, our country took a major step toward fulfilling the fundamental American promises of equal access, equal opportunity, and equal respect for all when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was made the law of the land.”  Since the passage of the ADA, more Americans with disabilities have entered the workforce but there is still much work to be done.  At RTC: Rural, we conduct research projects that help support the health and wellness of people with disabilities hoping to find or maintain employment.

WorkingWell-72dpi-rgbWorking Well with a Disability is a six-week peer-facilitated workshop that builds on the content of Living Well and considers health in the context of employment.  Participants in the workshop learn the skills to maintain life balance, manage stress, and improve their health in support of looking for or maintaining employment.

People who participate in the workshop report:

  • Improved health and capacity to work.
  • Enhanced peer support and less isolation.
  • Appreciation for the supportive peer community developed during the workshop.
  • Lasting friendships.

To learn more about Working Well with a Disability please visit our web page.

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