Experience has taught me that when disadvantaged adults walk into the classroom, they want many of the same things that I want: to be treated with dignity and respect; empathy for difficult situations and active listening from supportive others. In the end, it's all about our class mantra: people helping people.
Good networking is about connections, creating real relationships where there is a sharing of relevant information on a personal as well as business level. It involves finding out information about things others like, ways to help them solve problems and other information, as networking is about them and how you can help them.
A recent article in the New York Times reviewed a study conducted by researchers at Rutgers and Syracuse University revealing that if a candidate discloses a disability in their job application it might adversely affect their chances of being hired.
With all of the Columbus Day sales coming to a close and the parade down Fifth Avenue a fleeting memory, I have been reflecting on Columbus, his explorations and its relationship to Vocational Rehabilitation.
Over the course of my career, I have worked with many families of at-risk children from infancy to adulthood. By the time a child reaches high school, parents often assume they are at the tail end of this ever-challenging journey. Many are surprised to learn the transition from school to work is anything but easy.
So now your son or daughter is somewhere between 21 and 26. Your child has had all the advantages possible while in school – early assessment; psychological, academic, and social interventions; family and community supports; expert evaluations and counseling. Your child completed elementary, middle, and high school, and probably even some post-secondary schooling. And now what...
On June 8, 2015, ICD held its graduation ceremony for this year’s students who completed the Building Maintenance, Human Services Assistant, Early Child Care Worker, and Office Technologies training programs. Family, friends, and ICD staff gathered to celebrate the graduates’ success in their programs and their transition to employment.
Here we are celebrating another 4th of July in 2015. Amid the cookouts, baseball games and fireworks, let us not forget the people who serve to keep us safe. We are able to enjoy all of these traditions and celebrations because our military makes sure that we can.
Now that Memorial Day has passed and we have officially kicked off the summer season, people often ask me about searching for a job during the summer. They figure that there isn’t much hiring that goes on during this season. While it is true that summer is the time that many people take vacations, I can assure you that Human Resource Departments are still functioning and if a company has a need, hiring will still be going on.
Memorial Day is traditionally the kickoff of summer. Newscasters report on the expected holiday travel figures. Commercials on TV tout all of the sales and discounts offered for everything from cars to Miracle Gro. Facebook and Twitter buzz with people posting photos and tweeting about the barbeques and other family gatherings and events attended during their day off. All of these are occasioned for one purpose, to remember the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in service of our country.