September 6, 2013
During this month, many in-person and virtual career fairs are taking place around the country. If you are looking for work, a career fair gives you an opportunity to get connected with employers who are currently hiring and talk directly with their recruiters. Additionally, virtual career fairs offer a unique opportunity for you to engage in real time from the comfort of your own home with employers who are ready to hire!
After the fold is a list of fairs occurring this month. Register today!
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June 10, 2013
By Guest Blogger, Eva LaManna, Manager of Programs
A cancer diagnosis can cause a great deal of fear and uncertainty. Many people never anticipate having to deal with the variety of family, household, legal and financial issues that may arise. One of the biggest areas impacted is the work life of a survivor. While many patients and survivors want to continue working through cancer, navigating this decision can be difficult. Cancer and Careers (CAC) is the only organization in the United States dedicated solely to supporting people who continue to work during and after cancer treatment. CAC aims to ease the process by providing an array of services and credible referrals to help balance employment and a cancer diagnosis.
Working during and after treatment is extremely important for many patients and survivors. Cancer and Careers recently conducted a survey with Harris Interactive and found that nearly 80 percent of cancer patients and survivors say that continuing to work after diagnosis aids recovery. Individuals who remained employed were motivated by a variety of factors, including feeling well, wanting to maintain a routine, and wanting to be productive.
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June 6, 2013
Our newest Ticket Talk podcast features an interview with Dee Gavaldon, Program Manager of Crossroads Diversified Services, an Employment Network, American Job Center (formally called One-Stop) and AbilityOne program participant. Crossroads was established in 1977 as a Sacramento County mental health program, but today it helps people and young adults with all disabilities.
As an expert on disability employment, Dee offers this advice for individuals who have a mental illness and are considering returning to work, or going to work for the first time:
“Consider work as part of your recovery. Work in our society, to some extent, defines people. It gives them more power over their own lives, and it also becomes some of the social fabric. Many of our friends and acquaintances are people that we work with, and [for] people with disabilities, especially [for] those with mental illness, one of the symptoms is isolation, and the work setting is a very healthy way of breaking that isolation.”
Dee provides insight on the full range of services that Crossroads offers such as interview preparation, resume writing, skills assessments, job training and placement, and on-site job coaching.
Listen to our podcast to hear Dee’s expert advice on disability employment, or read the transcript here.
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May 24, 2013
For Mental Health month, we want to share this illustrated guide (PDF) that offers encouragement and vital information on the importance of work, the availability of rehabilitation programs, the ins-and-outs of work incentives, challenges of starting a new job, and more. The guide is designed for those with mental health conditions to use on their own or as part of a return-to-work group in a community mental health center, psychiatric rehabilitation program, or peer-run agency. A facilitator's manual is also available (PDF).
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May 21, 2013
Participate today! May 21, 2013 from 1-4pm EST
The Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fairs create a unique forum and experience for you to engage real time with employers who are ready to hire! People with disabilities and the businesses that employ them are leading, innovating and evolving the workforce. Registration is free, so get registered now!
To learn more about the online career fair visit www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com/Start-Hiring/CareerFair.aspx.
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April 23, 2013
On April 25th, many employers will be taking part in the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work® Day by allowing employees to bring their daughters and sons to work.
The program is for youth age 8 through 18 and is designed to be more than a career day. It aims to expose youth to what their parent or does during the work day, and to help them develop pathways toward opportunity and success through education and work. This can be especially beneficial for youth with disabilities and youth-in-transition.
This year, the theme of the day is “Work In Progress,” and will acknowledge the positive contributions the program has had educating and empowering youth to attain success in education, work, home life and in their communities. If you want to participate in the day’s activities, check out the following resources from the Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Foundation:
April 12, 2013
On March 29, 2013, at 12 p.m. EDT we talked about the Ticket to Work program with @Disability.gov. Prior to the event, we collected the most frequently asked questions from our , Twitter followers and emails about the program, including questions about eligibility, impact to benefits and the services provided. We also answered questions about the program during the event.
For everyone who joined the #DEChat discussion, including Disability.gov, we would like to say thank you!
During the #DEChat, we shared a number of resources related to the Ticket program. We’ve listed all the resources below but also included other resources that weren’t brought up during the chat but we think are important.
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January 17, 2013
President Barack Obama has proclaimed January National Mentoring Month, which honors the contributions of those who develop supportive environments for America’s youth to achieve their full potential.
Volunteer mentors can play a powerful role in building young people’s character and confidence, and helping them boost academic achievement and navigate a path to success. Mentoring is a relationship that can last a lifetime and provide benefits for everyone involved.
Here are some resources that can help you participate as a mentor or mentee this month and throughout the year: