Challenged But Not Disabled

It's tough breaking into the job market when you're physically challenged. However, with planning and persistence you can overcome barriers to your success.

two books, The ADA Employers Handbook, and How to Get That Job (both $18.99; 619-689-1750).

Pinnock is a member of the Disabled Businesspersons Association, based in San Diego. The 12,000-member organization provides information and assistance to disabled entrepreneurs. “My disability does not impact on my ability to perform in court,” says the fiery attorney, who moves around in a wheelchair and uses a translator in court. (His speech is altered by the cerebral palsy.) He advises people, particularly those starting out, to “follow your dreams no matter what obstacles await you.”

And Howard Jenkins is still hopeful. He sends out four to five resumes a week, determined to land the job of his dreams — working for a radio station in production and ultimately as an on-air personality. “It hasn’t happened for me yet,” he muses, “and I’ve started rethinking my strategy a little, you know, broadening my thinking to include other options.” One would be to take a job as a counselor at a local organization that works with kids, something he did years earlier as a volunteer. “At the same time” he says, “I’ll just keep following up on leads until I get the job I really want.”

Organizations, agencies, and website that offer assistance to the disabled, including job search, advocacy and business advice African Americans with Disabilities Inc.
P.O. Box 86291
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
Monica Robinson, pres. & founder
A grassroots organization that helps enrich the lives of people with disabilities in the areas of housing, employment and services.

Disables Businesspersons Association
SDSU Interwork Institute
5850 Hardy Ave., Suite 112
San Diego, CA 92182-5313
Urban Miyares, pres.
Provides free business information and assistance to enterprising people with disabilities.

Just One Break (J.O.B.)
120 Wall St.
New York, NY 10005
Mikki Lam, executive dir.
212-785-7300 (voice)
212-785-4515 (TTY)
Nonprofit employment agency that finds competitive employment for people with disabilities.

National Black Deaf Advocates
142 27-32 Jib St.
Laurel, MD 20707
Al Couthen, president
301-206-2802 (TTY)
Karen Adeeb Anderson, PR dir.
501-296-1635 (voice)
501-296-1670 (TTY)
Comprises 25 chapters across the country that provide information about employment opportunities.

President’s Committee
on Employment of People
with Disabilities
1331 F. St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
202-376-6200 (voice)
202-376-6205 (TTY)
Federal agency that facilitates
public and private efforts to enhance employment of people with disabilities

In Touch Networks (Radio)
15 W. 65th St.
New York, NY 10023
News reading service for the visually impaired. Call station for list of national affiliates.

WE Magazine
372 Central Park W.
New York, NY 10025
A lifestyle consumer publication for people with disabilities

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