Have a disability or medical condition? You are not alone. Many people with disabilities have contributed to society. These include actors, actresses, celebrities, singers, world leaders, and many other famous people.
A disability is often used to refer to individual functioning, including physical impairment, sensory impairment, cognitive impairment, intellectual impairment, mental illness, and various types of chronic diseases.
Of course there are also millions of people worldwide who may not be famous in the sense society deems famous, but still live with, battle, and overcome their disabilities every single day of their lives.
These lists are a constant work in progress and were created to prove that it is indeed possible to overcome the so called disability barrier. 1
1) Vincent Van Gogh – artist – believed to have schizophrenia
2) Franklin Delano Roosevelt – 4-term US President – had Polio
3) Ron Santo – all-start MLB baseball player – had diabetes throughout his career
4) Joseph Hartzler – Oklahoma City Bombing Prosecutor – has Multiple Sclerosis
5) Stephen Hawking – Physicist -has ALS (Lou Gerhigs Disease)
6) Terri Garr – American actress – has Multiple Sclerosis
This is a very small list of incredibly successful individuals that overcame tremendous physical issues. Inspirations to us all, they prove the only limitation that disabilities provide are self-imposed.
In recent years, companies have learned value in hiring employees with assorted disabilities. That thought has changed considerably in the past 20 years, in part because of the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990. Many private employers realize the value of disadvantaged individuals and actively recruit them.
Simply, disabled customers buy goods and services; companies better understand their needs by hiring the same. Further, these same companies allow for greater work from home and flexible schedules to accommodate the workforce. Companies with inclusive hiring programs provide a win-win-win scenario for themselves, the employees, and the community at large.
For opportunities with organizations with solid records in hiring individuals with disabilities, look at the Federal Government, your state and local governments, school districts, hospitals, and non-profit agencies.
Please look below for companies that are actively hiring people with disabilities:
Army Medicine Civilian Corps
BlueCross BlueShield Of South Carolina
Central Intelligence Agency
Department Of Veterans Affairs
General Dynamics C4 Systems
General Dynamics Electric Boat
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General Motors Company
Internal Revenue Service
National Institutes Of Health
National Institutes Of Health
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
The Nielsen Company
Resurrection Health Care
U.S. Customs And Border Protection
U.S. Department Of State
U.S. Secret Service
By Dion D Shaw
Dion D Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs
Homepreneurs. New Day. New Opportunity
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- Inclusive entrepreneurship helps those with disabilities (jsonline.com)
- Kessler Foundation Honors ADA Anniversary Through Disability Employment Initiatives and Research (sys-con.com)
- TurboTax – Tax Tips for the Legally Disabled (turbotax.intuit.com)