Saturday, August 29, 2009

Wow! Thanks.

When I started A New Vision more than three years ago, I had a simple goal. I wanted to encourage, educate, and support various constituents. I wanted for people to consider the full range of possibilities as well as importance of connecting people with significant disabilities to integrated employment so they can use their talents and contribute to their self-reliance. Recently reported statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor indicate only 24% of adults with disabilities are active in the workforce. So the challenges are indeed formidible. Yet the goal is unquestionably attainable.

Maintaining this blog has required a commitment of time but it has been rewarding. I've had communication from people all across the world who agree with me about a fundamental premise: “We need everyone in the workforce for businesses to thrive and communities to prosper.” And I am pleased to say I hear directly from many people with disabilities as well as family members who want to share their stories with me about their personal journeys and struggles to secure competitive employment.

I tend to hear a lot from family members of loved ones who are navigating around the barriers of low expectations and prejudice along with their loved ones. And it's quite common to hear from parents who are frustrated by out of date public policies and unreponsive service systems that either ignore or compromise on the promise of full workforce integration and participation. I try to listen and be helpful to the extent that I can.

This past week, I was honored and humbled to hear that A New Vision was selected as one of the Best 100 Blogs for Homeschooling Moms. My blog was selected under the area of “Tips and Advice for Homeschooling Kids with Special Needs.” Very cool.

I appreciate this honor and my thanks to the folks behind Online Education.Net for the selection. You’ve encouraged me to continue my writing and and encouraging families who struggle daily with workforce barriers of their loved ones.
Once again, my sincere thanks.

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