Today’s blog was written by Tangram President/CEO Connie Dillman. It first appeared on United Media’s website. Enjoy!
In some cultures, Friday is considered an unlucky day; certainly Friday the 13th has become synonymous with bad luck. In maritime circles, sailors are superstitious about starting a voyage on Friday.
But in America, it’s a day of celebration because for many, Friday is the last day of the work week. TGIF – Thank Goodness It’s Friday. On Friday, people like to discuss their weekend plans and some folks even start their Friday on Thirsty Thursday (and those who do are usually grateful for Casual Friday at the workplace).
Americans love Friday because it is the lead in to the all important weekend. Rod Schmidt said “There aren’t enough days in the weekend” unless you are unemployed. Then the weekend is just another two days like the last five.
People with disabilities may be the largest group of people who are long term unemployed. They remain on government supported programs for their basic needs. And yet people with disabilities want to work. They long for a life that looks like everyone else’s; to have a job, to have discretionary income, to have a home, and to spend time with friends and family.
The solution to government supported services for people with disabilities is employment. And employment is only possible if the employers embrace this vision and hire a person with a disability.