Categories: Employment, My Story
By Guest Blogger John Quinn, retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer and Author of Someone Like Me – An Unlikely Story of Challenge and Triumph Over Cerebral Palsy
There are approximately 22 million veterans in the United States today. Chances are you know someone who served or is active in the Armed Forces. The latest statistics also show that there are over 800,000 people with cerebral palsy in the U.S. But have you ever met someone who served in the military while battling cerebral palsy?
You have now.
My name is John W. Quinn and I was born with cerebral palsy. I couldn’t walk on my own until the age of four, due to being partially paralyzed on one side of my body and my left foot being two and a half sizes smaller than my right. I wore eye patches to help correct my vision and heavy orthopedic shoes to straighten my spine, and endured grueling physical therapy sessions all throughout grade school to build up my “pipe cleaner” limbs.
I kept this all a secret in order to join the United States Navy. In fact, I maintained the secret of my disability during my entire 20-year military career. No one knew I had cerebral palsy as I served onboard battleships, destroyers and aircraft carriers. I stood every watch, participated in every drill and fought every fire. I performed at the highest levels and retired in 2002 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer – the second highest enlisted rank you can hold in the Navy. It was an honor to serve my country.
READ MORE ABOUT My Story: Keeping a Secret to Achieve Workforce Inclusion
By Guest Blogger Megan Totka, Chief Editor, ChamberofCommerce.com
Each year, the number of companies that embrace the concept of employees working from home increases. A U.S. Census Bureau report found that the percentage of workers who worked at home at least one day a week increased from 7 percent in 1997 to 9.5 percent in 2010.
That same report found that employees who work at home reported working the same amount of hours as in-office counterparts with the same level of productivity. Workplace flexibility was once considered just a perk for employees, but employers are now seeing the benefits of it for them. People who work from home save businesses money by using their own resources and utilities. They also tend to be more loyal to the company because their own schedules and needs are accommodated.
People with disabilities face fewer obstacles to workplace success when they are given telecommuting options. The technology exists for many jobs to be done partially, or completely, from a home office. For some, being self-employed is a viable option. For others who are more interested in landing a steady paycheck and benefits like health insurance, finding a larger employer with telecommute options is a better option.
READ MORE ABOUT Where to Find Telecommuting Jobs
Categories: Civil Rights, Housing
By Guest Blogger Bryan Greene, General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
At the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), we recognize that group homes often provide people with disabilities important opportunities to live in mainstream community settings. That’s why we are committed to keeping neighborhoods open to group homes for people with disabilities, in accordance with the Fair Housing Act.
Earlier this month, we announced a $90,000 settlement reached with the seller of a house in Worcester, Massachusetts, the real estate brokerage firm Coldwell Banker, and the law firm Bowditch & Dewey LLP, resolving allegations that they violated the Fair Housing Act’s prohibition against discriminating against people with disabilities.
READ MORE ABOUT Fair Housing Month Update #2: Fair Housing includes Protections for Group Homes for People with Disabilities