“Choose a job you love and you will not work a day in your life.” Confucius
It’s the end of the school year and I am reminiscing my early school years. One of the most repeated admonishments of my teachers (mostly Catholic nuns) was that we should all pray for the girls would become nuns and the boys be priests. Those ‘jobs’ were considered the highest calling, a vocation. My blog this week is about why I am sure that I found my calling to work in this field.
Last week the blog was about justice. I am sure my job is about pursuing justice. In response to that blog, I received this e-mail from one of our staff:
It is so timely for me that you should talk about this subject this week. My 19 year old son who has an intellectual disability, graduated from TCHS Pickering last week and earned his CDA this week. I am so proud of him. He worked very, very hard for that credential. He now is looking forward to finding employment in his chosen field. His school life, so far, has been in an inclusive setting. When it came time to move on, there was no place offered except a segregated setting and vocational training in a field that was not right for him. My husband and I chose to have him at Pickering, for a 13th year, and for him to earn his CDA. He worked very hard, and without benefit of extra supports or adaptations or accommodations, completed his program. I, too, am delighted at the thought of a meaningful life for all individuals. My son’s story has a happy ending. I want all stories to end that way.
Justice includes supporting the people who are ready for work. Employment is part of a meaningful life for many adults. Another goal for our organization is to pursue best practices and expand the paths to work. You can help, and improve ways in the future by:
- Patronizing businesses who commit to hiring individuals with disabilities. Tell them how appreciative you are of their hiring practices.
- If you or someone in your family is an employer, consider hiring a person with a disability. Learn what supports you can expect in order to succeed. Learn where to find applicants.
- Inform & educate yourself on employment for people with disabilities by taking this quiz. All entries, right or wrong, will be eligible to win a prize. Two names will be drawn. First place is a $50 gift card and 2nd place is a $25 gift card to Giant (an employer who hires our individuals). Access the quiz here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TLHKBJZ