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…

Employment First legislation introduced in Pennsylvania House and Senate

HARRISBURG, PA (July 5, 2017) — The #IWantToWork Campaign is pleased to join Representative Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, Representative Dan Miller, D-Allegheny and Senator Bob…

Senator Mensch Introduces Employment First Legislation

Harrisburg (Jun 29, 2017) – Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) introduced legislation, entitled “The Employment First Act,” designed to promote the employment of people with disabilities at…

Pennsylvania Has a New Program for People with Disabilities: ABLE Accounts

Pennsylvania launched its ABLE program in April, and I was the second person to open an account.  It was so easy to do, let…