“We don’t care about eye contact”

 

Obtaining employment as an individual with special needs is a challenge to say the least.  Think about all of the elements involved in seeking out employment and being hired: the job search, resume, cover letter, follow up, phone and in-person interviews, becoming accustomed with a new routine and new faces.

Employment provides one with a feeling of fulfillment, the ability to be independent, developing new relationships, and face new challenges.  Challenge help people grow.

Please read the article below from the Chicago Tribune.  Thank you EY for re-thinking your hiring processes and employment opportunities!

http://digitaledition.chicagotribune.com/infinity/article_share.aspx?guid=66bd869a-0b4e-4ed3-a958-e33d16ea349e

@EYnews  @chicagotribune

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A Resource for Improved Understanding

By Samantha Kolkey

I follow The Mighty on Facebook and their videos pop up on my feed often.  Recently, I saw a video that highlighted one of my student’s diagnoses, which is one that I am not familiar working with in a clinical setting.  It presented statements from individuals who also have the same diagnosis as this student. It opened my eyes to what this student is struggling with on a daily basis, and it clarified the challenges he has been enduring.  This led to me applying new approaches to help this individual.

The Options staff and I feel that The Mighty is a powerful resource for students, parents, clinicians, educators, and other family members to access when trying to understand an individual’s diagnosis and disability.   Frustration can be common among service providers and parents to those who have a mental health diagnosis or other disability. It is important to always get the individual’s perspective and The Mighty helps to provide this.  An improved understanding of an individual can only reap benefits.

Thank you @TheMightySite!

Finding Love and Friendship

By Samantha Kolkey

Happy Thursday! One more day until the weekend!

Weekends are typically filled with time spent with friends and loved ones–to enjoy our relationships.  Everyone hopes for stability, love, and an overall sense of belonging; however, it can be hard for individuals with learning challenges and other disabilities to find inclusion, friendship and love. Many have a difficult time with social cues, sarcasm, jokes, and identifying safety risks when in social situations.

Below is a link to a short news story that explores an application meant to help those with disabilities find love and friendship with just a few taps of a finger.

Thank you @newsyvideos

https://www.newsy.com/stories/app-helps-people-with-disabilities-find-friendship-love/