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Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day: Fostering Pathways Toward Opportunity and Success

On April 25th, many employers will be taking part in the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work® Day by allowing employees to bring their daughters and sons to work.

The program is for youth age 8 through 18 and is designed to be more than a career day. It aims to expose youth to what their parent or does during the work day, and to help them develop pathways toward opportunity and success through education and work. This can be especially beneficial for youth with disabilities and youth-in-transition.

This year, the theme of the day is “Work In Progress,” and will acknowledge the positive contributions the program has had educating and empowering youth to attain success in education, work, home life and in their communities. If you want to participate in the day’s activities, check out the following resources from the Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Foundation:


Make a difference this month through mentoring!

President Barack Obama has proclaimed January National Mentoring Month, which honors the contributions of those who develop supportive environments for America’s youth to achieve their full potential.

Volunteer mentors can play a powerful role in building young people’s character and confidence, and helping them boost academic achievement and navigate a path to success. Mentoring is a relationship that can last a lifetime and provide benefits for everyone involved.

Here are some resources that can help you participate as a mentor or mentee this month and throughout the year:

Tips for Making 2013 a Success!

Bob Williams sailing photo By Bob Williams, Associate Commissioner for the Social Security's Office of Employment Support Programs

The start of a New Year marks new beginnings, and new opportunities.  The economy is improving, with more than a half a million jobs added in 2012, and the unemployment rate continues to fall. The number of working age adults with disabilities who are employed  is also increasing.  So, if you believe going to work, gaining new skills and improving your employment and financial prospects is in your future, now is a good time to take action. 

Here are four simple tips I follow to achieve my own life and career goals.  Following them is not a sure recipe for success but I have found them helpful over the years and I hope you will, too. 

Take Charge – Know what you want to achieve this year.  Write  it down and take at least one action a day that will bring you closer to it.  Even the smallest of steps add up, fueling both the optimism and energy to keep going and one day achieve it.  


Attend a Veterans Day Virtual Career Fair

Career Fair Screen shot

Are you a Veteran looking for work? Attend the Veteran Recruiting virtual career fair on Sunday, November 11! This event is exclusively for active, guard/reservists, veterans and military spouses. You will be able to connect with potential employers to explore a wide range of jobs available to you after your transition. You will have the opportunity to research employers, visit employer booths, chat with recruiters, and browse available jobs…all from your home computer!

Register today for the Veteran's Day event on Sunday, November, 11 from 7-9PM EST by clicking here.

Veteran Recruiting is dedicated to serving the military community, including those with disabilities, by providing access to industry-leading employers through virtual career fairs, and live video interviewing services. To learn more, visit http://veteranrecruiting.com.



Working at Home Can Change Your Life

We receive many comments asking whether working from home is a possibility with the Ticket to Work program. The answer is yes, it can be!
Lori Adler is a Ticket to Work Participant and Public Relations Specialist for Employment Options, Inc. Read her story of working at home on Disability.gov's Disability blog at http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2012/10/24/working-at-home-can-change-your-life.



National & Community Service: A Vital Service to Communities and a Life Changing Experience

By Marie Strahan, Program Policy Analyst for Bob Williams, Associate Commissioner of Social Security’s Employment Support Programs

Did you know that community service is a great way for people with disabilities to serve our nation and to connect with others with similar interests, develop new skillsets, and even get a jumpstart on your career? Whether it is in the field of education, conservation, recreation, health, or even politics, there are national, state and local opportunities where you can contribute your time and talents in your area of expertise and interest!

Why do community service?

Community Service1 People seek out community service to make a difference in their state or local community, and sometimes on a national level, and for many other reasons, including learning new skills, getting real work experience, seeing new places and meeting new people and also having some fun. Everyone benefits from community service.

Here are several personal and professional ways you can benefit from serving.

  1. Make a difference - Personal satisfaction and feeling like you are making a contribution are important aspects of all work.  Simple tasks like helping others or contributing to a public project like a playground clean up creates a joy and a sense of self-worth that is of great value to every citizen.   Whether you have a particular skillset or just a willing heart and time to give, seeing positive change in your community or watching others’ lives made better by your contributions, are things that will bring a smile to your soul.
  2. Explore potential career areas: When you contribute to a cause you care about, without even realizing it, you are expanding your horizons and exploring new areas of interest that can lead to a future career path.
  3. Strengthen your resume: Not only will you learn from others and develop new competencies, but you can use relevant community service experience on your resume! If, for instance, you served as a counselor at a youth summer camp, you might use that experience to pursue work in the field of education. Think about the skills you developed that may be transferrable to professional positions. Here are tips to present your volunteer experience on your resume.
  4. Build your network: Working together on projects with other members in pursuit of a common goal presents wonderful relationship-building opportunities. When you serve, you meet new friends, mentors, and even potential referrals and references for future job opportunities, and sometimes you develop lasting friendships. Never underestimate the power of connecting with others.  It can benefit you now as well as in the future.


Participate in our Disability Employment Twitter Chat on June 22!

Calling all youth and young adults, parents, caregivers, and disability community advocates: attend our upcoming Twitter Chat on June 22 at 12 p.m. EDT. This month, follow us @chooseworkssa and the hashtag #DEchat as we are partnering with @AAPD (The American Association of People with Disabilities) to discuss Career Help for Youth-in-Transition.

We want to hear from you!  Whether you are curious in how young adults with disabilities can get started in their career or want to share your tips and experiences, we welcome your thoughts and opinions.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send a direct message (DM) to @chooseworkssa on Twitter!

Feel free to also help spread the word either on Twitter or by distributing the event flyer. Download and distribute the event flyer.

We hope you can join us on Friday, June 22!



Transcript now available for the March Disability Employment Chat on Twitter!

On Friday, March 30th, Ticket to Work hosted the inaugural Disability Employment Chat (#DEChat) on Twitter. In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, our topic was “Career Help for People with Developmental Disabilities.” Sharon Lewis, Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, helped us answer questions and shared resources. We would like to thank Sharon as well as everyone who participated in the discussion! Overall, 22 people participated, and the discussion ran to over 100 Tweets!

Did you miss the chat?

Here are two ways to see what happened:

  • #DEChat highlights on Storify from one of the chat participants,
  • Or the text transcript that follows the "read more" link below

What’s next?

Stay tuned for an announcement of our next Twitter chat in the coming months! Have an idea for a chat?  Share it in the comments! And as always, follow us on Twitter, @chooseworkssa, and “Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/choosework.


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