October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. While we put emphasis on disability employment during this month, it’s important that we advocate for people with disabilities to become employed every day of the year.
Nonprofit organizations, including ABLE South Carolina in Columbia, SC, are empowering those with disabilities to become part of the workforce while simultaneously educating employers.
The team at ABLE SC have the “Hire Me SC” Campaign to educate businesses around the state to hire a more diverse and inclusive workforce. I’m grateful to have been featured in the campaign with a billboard where I’m quoted saying, “I will not become an unemployment statistic” in North Charleston.
I’ve been fortunate to work as a Public Affairs Specialist for the Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR). I’ve also been able to communicate the accessibility needs within the workplace. SPAWAR has done a great job in ensuring current and future employees have the accommodations they may require.
Driven With Purpose
My ability to write this blog post almost wasn’t possible. The last few months have been plagued with several medical issues and hospitalizations for both my mom and me. My mom and I were in a car accident a few months ago. Mom is recovering from a broken shoulder, but is doing well. I didn’t have any injuries, but we’re both grateful to God that it wasn’t worse. I’m recovering from a few surgeries before the accident, but I’m glad we’re getting back to a normal routine.
Now, more than ever, I believe we are here for a purpose! I’m grateful that I can share my story of living with a spinal cord injury in hopes that it can help someone else. We all can make a difference in someone’s lives.
If you’ve not visited my Facebook page lately, I was interviewed by my friend Nathan Todd on his podcast, “No Label Defines Me.” You can watch the podcast on Nathan’s “The Muscle Motivator” Facebook page. We discussed how we overcome obstacles to live our best life!
No matter what you’re going through, you can overcome any obstacles that come your way!