Disability & Employment Empowerment

Please note: This webpage is under construction.

The following content is based on the model course pioneered at the University of California, Berkeley. The full course can be reviewed at the College to Careers website. WID E3 has streamlined this content in a way that makes it more accessible for individuals with disabilities at all levels of learning and for their coaches and supporters to adapt. In addition, this content is more fully explored in a complementary online “Self-Help Guide” which learners can read and refer to as they go forward.

Disability Empowerment

Content for improved economic self-sufficiency and employment outcomes

The online content directly addresses these core or central issues that need to be discussed and resolved. It is often combined with and follows the Employment Empowerment, which you can find further down the page.

  • The Emotional Response
  • Why Choose Work
  • The Disability Experience and Creating a New Experience
  • A New Perspective for the Workplace
  • Disability Pride and Self-Determination (consumerism)
  • Discrimination Threat and Performance
  • The Disability Message You Want to Send
  • Accommodation and Disclosure Strategies
  • A Brief Disability History
  • Disability Employment Laws and Social Security Work Incentives
  • How to Represent the Disability Demographic and Voices of Experience

Employment Empowerment

Content for improved competitive job-seeking skills

This section often follows or is combined with the learning in the Disability Empowerment section above. This subject matter strives to build self-confidence by exploring the fundamental truths about the world of work and how to manage a disability.

This content is generally more basic and discusses strategies around understanding and developing competitive workplace skills. It’s a great way to prepare for other disability or career employment programs. It’s also helpful additional content for those programs.

The online content directly addresses these core or central issues that need to be discussed and resolved:

  • Workplace Presence (soft skills—marketing yourself)
  • Workplace Practices (medium skills—rules of the road)
  • Workplace Job Skills (hard skills or job-specific skills)
  • Workplace Patterns (understanding workplace differences)
  • Workplace Protocols (finding and winning the job)
  • Workplace Pathways to Employment (programs that can help)
  • Workplace Planning (developing your personal plan)

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