Friday, April 26, 2013

Campaign for Disability Employment

The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort between several disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work. People with disabilities can and do make important contributions to America’s businesses every day. By implementing good workplace practices, like maintaining a flexible and inclusive work environment, businesses can capitalize on the talents of qualified people with disabilities, benefitting everyone.

The Campaign is a collaborative effort between several organizations that are working to raise awareness and change attitudes about disability and employment, including:
  • American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD);
  • National Business and Disability Council (NBDC);
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
  • National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC);
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM);
  • Special Olympics (SO); and
  • U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN).
The Campaign is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Learn more here: http://www.whatcanyoudocampaign.org

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Doctors with cancer

Over the years, there have been a number of stories published online about doctors who have undergone treatment for cancer.

NPR did a segment a number of years ago titled, "When Physicians Get Cancer."

In 2012, there was a story about Dr. Kate Granger, a 29-yr old doctor in the UK who writes how she became a better doctor as she battled metastatic ovarian cancer.

Sometimes, cancer treatment may leave the physician physically disabled. There are many ways to build a supportive community to help you battle cancer. Some people share their stories on social media sites like Facebook and reserve their private posts only for close friends and family. Others may use a website like Caring Bridge to share their stories with a select group of individuals.

Some will also leverage online patient communities like PatientsLikeMe to meet other individuals who have similar conditions and to learn from their experiences.

If you have cancer, you're not alone. Find others who are willing to support you through your journey. If you develop a disability, meet others who can help you navigate the path of working with a disability.