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Help a Friend

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

There may be no greater gift than helping a friend land a job and an opportunity to reach their full potential — independence, self-sufficiency, leadership skills and a sense of belonging. Plus, co-workers, employers and customers will have their eyes opened to the value that people with disabilities bring to the workforce. That’s a priceless gift for our society that will have ripple effects way beyond what you might imagine.

Here’s what you can do:

Follow the steps below or choose ones that work for you. The same steps work for parents, service providers and other loved ones.

  1. Assess interest areas
  2. Determine implications on benefits
  3. Draft resume
  4. Network – Ask co-workers, relatives, and neighbors for ideas. Help create a LinkedIn account
  5. Apply for jobs
  6. Explore intern/volunteer opportunities
  7. Research prospective companies
  8. Troubleshoot transportation
  9. Prepare for interviews
  10. Support and advocate for your friend.
    1. Offer yourself as an advocate for your friend and a support to employer.
    2. Help employer recognize if reasonable accommodations are necessary and what accommodations might work
  11. Help your friend budget