Acknowledging my disability, and becoming an advocate

As a woman with a disability, figuring out what defines me, and how I define myself, has been a tricky thing. Some parts of…

Meet Joe Maysky

Hi there! My name is Joe Maysky and I’m the #IWantToWork campaign’s new Social Media Manager. I have cerebral palsy and graduated from West…

Denial, Hurdles and Hard Work: My Journey to Law School

Do you know what it takes to gain admission to law school? Most people think you only need the basics: excellent grades, a high…

Employment First legislation passes Pennsylvania House and Senate

HARRISBURG, PA (June 14, 2018) — United Way of Southwestern PA’s #IWantToWork Campaign is pleased to join Representative Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, Representative Dan Miller,…

Adapted Vehicles and Employment

Obtaining employment requires education, experience, and reliable transportation. Transportation can be a barrier to job candidates with disabilities. Depending on where you live, there…

My Journey to Employment

My name is Joshua Stranix. I wanted to be employed from a young age. I began working in 1994 when I was 17 years…

How College Prepared Me for Competitive Integrated Employment

In kindergarten through twelfth grade, students with disabilities are entitled to the reasonable accommodations they need through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)…

How being on an ice hockey team gave me the skills for competitive integrated employment

When I was 12 years old, our neighbor invited my sister, Lauren, to play on a girls’ ice hockey team. I watched my sister…

How The Computer Led To My Success in Inclusive Employment

When I was around three or four years old, even before my first power chair, my parents were trying to set up a “Jellybean…

How Being Mainstreamed Led To My Success in Inclusive Employment

I’ve always thought of my Mom as a “forward thinking” person. Before I was even born, she was a special education teacher. Based on…