Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped: Or People Who Have Disabilities

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Richard Bolles'¬?s WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? has helped millions of readers find their path in life, and now his creative approach to job-hunting is brought to bear on the specific challenges faced by job hunters with disabilities. In JOB-HUNTING FOR THE SO-CALLED HANDICAPPED, Bolles and Dale Susan Brown guide readers through the often-frustrating, but ultimately rewarding process of securing independence in their lives and personal satisfaction in their careers. The authors begin by demystifying the ...
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Overview

Richard Bolles'¬?s WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? has helped millions of readers find their path in life, and now his creative approach to job-hunting is brought to bear on the specific challenges faced by job hunters with disabilities. In JOB-HUNTING FOR THE SO-CALLED HANDICAPPED, Bolles and Dale Susan Brown guide readers through the often-frustrating, but ultimately rewarding process of securing independence in their lives and personal satisfaction in their careers. The authors begin by demystifying the intricacies of the ADA, describing in clear terms what the act does and does not guarantee disabled job hunters, and then move on to job-hunting strategies tailored specifically to people with disabilities.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580081955
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 502,868
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

DALE S. BROWN is the author of four books related to the careers of people with disabilities, including Learning A Living. She was active in the development of Americans with Disabilities Act, and won several awards as a result of her work. She lives in Washington D.C.

RICHARD NELSON BOLLES is the best-selling author of WHAT COLOR IS YOUR PARACHUTE? and has been a leader in the career development field for more than 35 years. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
A Word About This Edition: A Foreword 11
Chapter 1 A Short Course on Disabilities for Those of Us Who Do Not (Yet) Have a Disability 19
Chapter 2 The Americans with Disabilities Act: What It Can Do--and What It Cannot Do 28
What the ADA Can Do for Us 29
What the ADA Cannot Do for Us 31
Legal Action: How Do You Proceed? 34
Chapter 3 Job-Hunting and People with Disabilities 37
Rejection Shock 40
The Truth About Job-Hunting 40
The Numbers Game and How It Works Against People with Disabilities 41
The Creative Job-Hunting Technique 43
Handling Your Disability While You Look for Work the Creative Way 44
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 52
Resources for Recorded Materials 55
Creative Job-Hunting: An Excellent Strategy for People with Disabilities 61
Rules About Competing for Openings 64
Chapter 4 The Fears an Employer Has When Interviewing People with Disabilities and How You Can Persuade Them That You Are Qualified 66
Employer Fears: What They Are and How to Handle Them 66
Persuading Employers That You Are Qualified 75
Chapter 5 Overcoming Your Own Fears and Avoiding Self-Sabotage 79
Internal and External Oppression 80
Examples of Botched-Up Interviews 84
Asking Employers for Feedback 87
Overcoming Internalized Oppression 88
Chapter 6 Eight Reasons for Hope That Are Important to Those of Us with Disabilities (As Well As to Our Would-Be Employers, Counselors, Friends, and Families) 93
1. Everyone is disabled And everyone is employable 93
2. Everyone is a member of many "tribes." 95
3. People with disabilities are forming their own tribe or tribe(s) 100
4. People with disabilities are getting better educated 102
5. Employers never hire a stranger 103
6. The nation is changing its attitude toward people with disabilities in a positive direction--from paternalism to productivity 106
7. In many places, ramps have replaced steps and access has improved 107
8. Everyone redesigns or modifies their job so as to highlight their abilities and get around their limitations 109
Appendix A Handling Special Situations 115
Getting Help: Should You Hire a Counselor? 115
Resources for People Who Are Newly Disabled or New to the Disability Community 120
Resources and Information for People Who Are Receiving Social Security Benefits and Are Considering Going to Work 121
Appendix B Organizations and Resources to Help You and Other Job Seekers with Disabilities 128
National Organizations 129
Resume Databases 130
Connecting You to Individuals with Disabilities 131
Resources for People Who Are Blind 132
State and Local Resources for People with Disabilities 133
Other Sources of Help 135
Information About the Americans with Disabilities Act 137
If All Else Fails, Call Your Congressperson 138
Appendix C List of Written Resources 140
National Resource Directories for People with Disabilities 141
Periodicals to Connect You with the Community of People with Disabilities 142
Annotated List of Books that Provided Background for Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped 143
Some Recommended Reading 145
Some Books and Booklets Specifically for Job Seekers with Disabilities 146
Annotated List of Selected Reports and Surveys Used to Research this Book 148
P.S. to Employers 151
Index 152
About the Authors 157
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