October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! I have been so fortunate to be working full time as a paraprofessional for a public school district in FL. Currently, I am in my second school year within the public school district in FL. I have continued to showcase my love and passion for working with students with disabilities. As of last year, I have been so thankful to been giving an opportunity to work on several part time roles with Full Spectrum ABA, an ABA company located on the west coast in FL. Last year, I started out as an autistic advocate and blogger for Full Spectrum ABA. I support and educate Full Spectrum ABA’s behavior analysts and RBTs while creating educational and informative blog stories on a weekly basis. The company helped me grow so much this year by becoming an autistic registered behavior technician (RBT)! I got back into working with the autism population. For the past few months now, I have been providing ABA therapy part time with an autistic client a couple of days a week. We made so much progress in a short amount of time! I’m beyond grateful for the employment opportunities I’ve gotten in the past few years. This is my employment success story!
Want to know ways to advocate and increase employment for people with disabilities? Here is some advice:
- Hire people with disabilities
- Provide opportunities in various departments within your company or organization
- Provide different employment options within your company or organization
- Create work spaces meeting employees’ individual needs
How else would you advocate and spread awareness for disability employment? Share your thoughts in the comments section!