My niece was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was little. She’s 26 now and wants to start looking for a job. What can I do to help her? – Jeff in Bethesda, MD.
Thanks for your question, and thanks for your interest in supporting your niece in her efforts to begin her career. Here in the United States, more than 50 million people report having a disability – and many of them go to work every day just like the rest of the population. But many others still struggle with finding the right pathway – they can get discouraged and never try finding work again. Here at Goodwill, we don’t want that for anyone – and that includes your niece!
Several years ago, Goodwill adopted the tag line – “Believe in the Power of Work.” This phrase represents the simple truth that at Goodwill we believe that work can change lives, generate self-esteem, build skills, competencies and social networks, give meaning to life, and provide hope for a better tomorrow.
So, here are some suggestions for you and your niece as she begins to explore her own career path:
For specific resources in your community, I invite you to contact your local Goodwill. Your niece might also be eligible for publicly available resources. Become familiar with vocational rehabilitation and your area’s one-stop career center.