The Road to Full-Time Employment I have always wanted to work full-time. Being able to be independent and having the freedom to control my own destiny are the most important things to me. I am a very ambitious individual with lots of dreams and goals for my life. I want it all: the great job, ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2005
The Road to Full-Time Employment
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  • Tracy Rackensperger
    Institute on Human Development and Disability, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
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Augmentative & Alternative Communication / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2005
The Road to Full-Time Employment
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2005, Vol. 14, 8-9. doi:10.1044/aac14.4.8
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2005, Vol. 14, 8-9. doi:10.1044/aac14.4.8
I have always wanted to work full-time. Being able to be independent and having the freedom to control my own destiny are the most important things to me. I am a very ambitious individual with lots of dreams and goals for my life. I want it all: the great job, the wonderful house, and someone special to share it with me. Like many people with disabilities, sitting around collecting government benefits and being told what I can do has never been a desire of mine.
Besides, I tend to be a workaholic. What’s a workaholic supposed to do on Medicaid? Volunteer or be underemployed? This is not why I went to college and graduate school— to be paid zero or next to it for my work. I have a funny story about a woman who knew I was getting a master’s degree, but assumed my big goal in life was to attend a sheltered workshop. It was hilarious! Sadly though, I know individuals who have some college education and are in these places. My point is with the current social service system we have today, I would never have a chance to live out any of my dreams. This is why I desperately needed full-time work and am an advocate for systems change.
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