Workplace Pathways to Employment

There are various agencies and organizations that can help with your employment search. This content reviews secondary transition programs; post-secondary education programs; career fairs; internships; state departments of rehabilitation; and other community based programs. In addition, it reviews adjustments to existing programs, such as supported employment and customized employment.

Part II-Workplace Pathways to Employment (PDF)


Workshop #7: Workplace Pathways to Employment (PDF)

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Workplace Job Searching Strategies

Finding a job is a job in and of itself. You need to learn this reality and the related skills in order to be successful. This content covers the basics about how to prepare yourself for the process, as well as the art of networking; your virtual look; resumes; cover letters; preparation and practice; taking the stage; and the subtleties of the job interview.

Part II-Workplace Job Searching Strategies (PDF)


Workshop #6: Workplace Job Searching Strategies (PDF)

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Workplace Patterns

As we know, people are called “individuals” because each person is different. Each person has unique tendencies, traits, or styles that make them who they are. This is true in school, in your community, and, of course, in the workplace. The more you understand about these differences, the better equipped and prepared you’ll be to effectively communicate and work with each individual you meet.

The purpose of this content is to discuss these differences. Just because people are different from each other and from you, it doesn’t mean that they are less capable. It just means that they see things from a different experience, culture, or perception. When you learn how to understand some of these differences, you’ll begin to recognize that these differences make for richer work teams and broader perspectives, both of which most often lead to better results for an organization when all its individuals work together effectively.

Part II-Workplace Patterns (PDF)


Workshop #5: Workplace Patterns (PDF)

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Workplace Job Skills

You need to discover, define, and learn how to effectively communicate your job technical or hard skills to get the job you want. While you’re not a product, you are selling your labor in the competitive marketplace. And, you’re competing with other similar products (other job seekers) to get the sale (job). As a result, you must further prepare yourself to be able to explain why your labor is something the employer should buy (hire) over other job candidates.  This content will teach you how to identify, understand, and communicate effectively what exactly you can do for an employer.

Part II-Workplace Job Skills (PDF)


Workshop #4: Workplace Job Skills (PDF)

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Workplace Practices

Employees who are successful quickly learned the key “tricks of the trade” or the workplace rules of the road discussed in this content. Employees who don’t quickly learn these rules most often get in trouble. The interesting thing about these workplace rules is that nobody ever teaches them to you before you go to the world of work. Either you learn them through trial and error or not at all, in which case you will likely end up failing in your job.

In any case, for most new workers, it takes a long time, as well as repeated mistakes, before they understand the value of these workplace rules. In other words, you usually learn them the hard way by making mistakes. That’s too bad because you can avoid these mistakes with some basic instruction on what the key practices are. Failure to learn them before you begin your career often results in delayed advancement, lost opportunities, or even getting fired. Fortunately, you can avoid these rookie mistakes if you study, learn, and follow these workplace practices sooner rather than later.

Part II-Workplace Practices (PDF)


Workshop #3: Workplace Practices (PDF)

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Workplace Presence

Getting a job or promotion depends on making a good impression on the person who will make the decision to hire or advance you. Workplace presence is your professional “like-ability.” Do people find you interesting, talkative, attentive, funny, warm, nice, thoughtful, well groomed, appropriately dressed, etc.? If they do, they’ll begin to like you more than if you were not these things. When this begins to happen you’re on your way to convincing them that they want to work with you. Learn how to show a potential employer your workplace presence or like-ability as the first step in convincing them to hire you. Remember, when the door closes on the interview room, it’s just you with the job interviewer. The power of your workplace presence is a very important factor in getting the job you want.

Part II-Workplace Presence (PDF)


Workshop #2: Workplace Presence (PDF)

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The Disability Factor

Having a known or visible disability can often create negative reactions or understandings about your employment potential. This is especially true if you express yourself in ways which reinforce these stereotypes. People, including many employers, may make inaccurate assumptions about what your potential is when they learn that you have a disability. These reactions can often be negative, so building your professional skills must start here.

This content explores the various ways you can best represent your disability in the world of work. The ideas and approaches that follow can vary based on your style and personality. Accept these ideas as important considerations in order to present yourself in the best possible way. Take these concepts as starting points for you to refine further in the ways that are most comfortable for you. One word of caution, however: while you can adapt these techniques to your circumstances, you should try not to stray too far from the basic truths and realities these practices represent.

Part I- The Disability Factor (PDF)


Workshop #1: Managing Your Disability in Competitive Employment (PDF)

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Existing Resources

There is already existing research on climate change and disability, including literature on general connections, social factors, disaster preparedness and other issues. Below is a list of resources that we have found online through our research: our original compilation was assembled in 2016, and we have added more as time goes on. The amount of articles and literature continue to grow, so if you find any more articles or research related to climate change and disability, please let us know by emailing Alex Ghenis at and we will add those resources to this page.

Articles, Editorials, and Info Pages

Disability and Disaster Response in the Age of Climate Change David M Perry, PS Mag. Dec 2017

It’s Time to Recognize Climate Change as a Disability Rights Issue Tiffany Yu, Rooted in Rights. Dec 2017

Disability, Climate Change and Natural Disasters (podcast) Disability Rap podcast. Oct 2017

Disability Inclusion in Climate-Related Disaster Preparation Marcie Roth, Hilton Prize Coalition. Sep 2017

The Disabled Are Probably the Most Vulnerable to Climate Change Effects Robin Scher, TruthDig. Apr 2017

Climate Adaptation, Adaptive Climate Justice, and People with Disabilities Alex Ghenis, Union of Concerned Scientists guest commentary. Apr 2017

The End of the World as We Know It Alex Ghenis, New Mobility Magazine. Mar 2016

 “Resilience, Disability, And Climate Change: What is the Role of Education” – A Keynote Speech at The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. Kathryn Ross Wayne. 2014

Voices of People with Disabilities Must Be Heard in Climate Change Adaptation Debate Kate Wilson, International Institute for Environment and Development. May 2014

Economic Inclusion of Disabled People Key to Climate Resilience Elizabeth Braw, The Guardian. Nov 2013

Climate Change and Disability: Prezi Active Presentation Aruna Dahal. Sep 2011

A Just Climate: Our Responsibility to Act Caritas Australia. 2009

BBC Ouch!: Where Disability Meets Climate Change Kate Ansell, BBC Ouch! 2009

Hasaan Foundation: Disabilities and Climate Change Hasaan Foundation

Academic Articles, Papers, & Research

Environmental Citizenship and Disability Equality: The Need for an Inclusive Approach Deborah Fenney Salkeld, Environmental Politics Journal. Dec 2017

Disability and Climate Resilience: a Literature Review Smith, Simard, Twigg, Kett, and Cole. Leonard Cheshire Disability & UK Aid. Apr 2017

A Policies of Inclusion and Exclusion for the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) interlinked with The Climate Change Adaptation: Case Study of Bangladesh Natasha Israt Kabir, International Journal of Multicultural and Multireligious Understanding. Aug 2016

CQ University Grant Announcement for Developing Climate Change Vulnerability Index for Queenslanders with Disabilities. CQ University. July 2014

Understanding Impacts of Climate Change and Adverse Weather Effects on People with a Disability and Their Carers Rae Walker, Enliven (Australia). Jul 2013

Climate Change, Water, Sanitation and Energy Insecurity: Invisibility of People with Disabilities Gregor Wolbring & Verlyn Leopatra, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. Aug 2012

Enhancing Persons with Disability Responses & Participation in the Climate Change Mitigation – A Grant Program Received by United Disability Empowerment in Kenya. (Satisfactorily Completed 2011) The GEF Small Grants Program, UNDP. 2011

A Culture of Neglect: Climate Discourse and Disabled People Gregor Worbling, Media and Culture Journal. Oct 2009

Disability and Climate Change: Understanding Vulnerability and Building Resilience in a Changing World CBM

Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction – Mainstreaming Disability CBM

Access to Sustainable Lifestyles: Disability and Environmental Citizenship Deborah Fenney Salkeld, Working Paper

Sustainable Lifestyles for All? Disability Equality, Sustainability and the Limitations of Current UK Policy Deborah Fenney Salkeld, Working Paper

Policy Papers

Getting It Wrong: An Indictment with a Blueprint for Getting It Right The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies. May 2018

IDA and IDDC Advocacy Package: Engagement in The Post-2015 Development Agenda Inclusive of and Accessible to Persons with Disabilities. International Disability Alliance (IDA) and International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)


The Impact of Climate Change on People with Disabilities: Report of the 5-Day E-Discussion Hosted by GPDD & World Bank The Global Partnership for Disability & Development (GPDD) and The World Bank (Human Development Network – Social Protection/Disability & Development Team (July 8, 2009)

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Ever Widening Circle 2018

Help Us Celebrate Our Community’s Advocates

The Ever Widening Circle Reception allows the disability community
to connect with supporters, leaders, and innovators . This space
allows for networking and open discussions of critical issues in a
public and casual environment. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be
provided to attendees during this social event.

WID’s Ever Widening Circle Reception takes place:
Thursday November 1, 2018 5:00-7:00 PM
Ed Roberts Campus 3075 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703

RSVP today to attend our annual event

This year we are honoring three community advocates with the Disability Leadership Awards during the EWC event. These are leaders who we believe have done incredible work in 2018 and beyond. The innovation, care, enthusiasm, and perseverance each has shown have inspired us to share their work during this very special night.

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Ryan Easterly, WITH Foundation. Ryan is the Executive Director of WITH and serves as a primary consultant to WID’s intersectionality initiatives. His work has brought inclusivity to the disability community and advocates for people who are impacted along the intersection of race, class, and disability.

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Heather Dowdy, Microsoft. Heather’s main focus is implementing technology to improve usability for the disability community. We are excited to honor Heather and her work as acting Chair on WID’s Board of Directors.



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Miguel Quinones, TracFone Wireless. Miguel is the Director of Customer Usability and Accessibility and has spearheaded better inclusion for people with disabilities through website access, customer service, and marketing. His hard work has led to the accessibility of multiple brands and the visibility of inclusion efforts.


There will also be a presentation by our International Fellow Amrita Gyawali, a Nepalese woman and disability advocate who brings her expertise and experience to us from Nepal’s Sakshyam Foundation, which she founded in early 2018. WID will preview the short film Independent Amrita, which follows Amrita throughout her daily life in Berkeley. This film addresses how disability advocacy creates infrastructure and community inclusion which leads to accessibility and independent living for all. This short is filmed, edited, and produced by WID.

We hope you will attend and help celebrate these incredible leaders

If you would like to be a sponsor of the 2018 Ever Widening Circle event, you may find our sponsorship forms here: 2018 EWC Sponsorship Form

Please forward the completed form to Kat Zigmont, WID’s Director of Operations at

To complete payment for your sponsorship, you may visit our Paypal donation page. Please mention your name, sponsorship, and EWC 2018 in the “special instructions” form.

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Officials and planners around the world are preparing for oncoming climate change, and we want to help. The New Earth Disability team aims to work with other nonprofits and government agencies to incorporate disability into climate change-related efforts at every level possible. This could include anything from drafting disability sections into planning documents, to connecting disability and climate adaptation stakeholders at different geographies. We are also interested in specific topics ranging from long-term infrastructure planning over to disaster readiness and response (DRR) and other emergency efforts.

Some of our past, current and future partnerships include:

  • Providing input for government climate impact assessments and planning processes. This includes National Climate Assessment and California State-level activities (such as the Adapting to Rising Tides initiative) .
  • Educating disaster planners and the public about including disability in disaster readiness. Our staff has worked with disaster shelter managers to train Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST) for well over 5 years. We also are developing disaster readiness guides for individuals with paralysis, with the generous support of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
  • Researching regional resilience needs of people with disabilities and developing guidance for agencies and government planners. Our team is working alongside the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the San Francisco Bay Area to research the transportation needs of the Bay Area disability community – and develop plans and educational materials to build more dynamic transportation systems for people with disabilities.

We are excited to partner with other entities, whether through grant-funded initiatives, direct consultation or as part of an official proceeding. For more info please contact Alex Ghenis at or Marsha Saxton at

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