let the job hunt begin

You may or may not know that I’ve been unemployed since mid-November.

College-educated in office administration; since then: it has been an uphill battle to find employment. I have managed to find creative outlet in this blog, but unfortunately this blog doesn’t pay the bills. Frustrated, at my wits end, my mother ran into an acquaintance recently who talked about a branch of the disability support program that offers job support services. With a little reluctance on my part, I filled out the application. It will provide me with a mentor to ensure that I am able to be successful in employment, as for what that may look like I have no idea. It baffles my mind that I struggle to find work, but after reading this article from a Boston newspaper. I have come to realize that I am in fact not alone. Although my speech is not affected at all by my cerebral palsy, I have come to believe it does affect me in other ways; in ways that admittedly surprised even me.

Over the years I have come to realize the sometimes harsh reality that there is no guide book, no neatly crafted manual for living with CP. The professionals can tell you what they know and “expect” will result given each individuals situation but the truth is as with anything the reality is left up to the individual themselves. I have worked a few jobs and realize although trained in the same manner as that of my classmates it takes me extra time to get settled in a job, physical equipment aside, I am at new stage in my life where I am going to learn how to live life as a differently-abled person, as with every new facet of life comes new learning. And this is just a new area where I am going to learn literally how to learn and adapt like I did as a child in school, but this time in the work setting. I have a meeting on wednesday with the support services so we will see. More on this to come!

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About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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0 Responses to let the job hunt begin

  1. Debby says:

    I was thinking since you are so great at writing that you should approach the local newspapers about writing a column for them??? or the Abilities book in Toronto??

  2. Jo says:

    “that there is no guide book, no neatly crafted manual for living with CP.”
    Boy, are you right about that! I mean, I don’t have CP, but I guess I live with it in that I have a son who has it. Different side of the table perhaps, but I think you know what I mean.
    As for the job search, just a suggestion, but maybe you could offer your services to some families in your area with children who have CP, sort of as a parents’ helper or advisor. I know firsthand that we parents often have questions on therapy activities, stretching, how to make recreational and other daily activities go more smoothly, etc. In my humble opinion, someone who actually has CP would often be a lot more helpful than a “professional” (doctor, therapist, etc.) who doesn’t. Just an idea I thought I’d throw out.
    Anyway, I hope you’re able to find a job soon. Good luck!

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