The Campaign for Disability Employment
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YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES:

What WILL you do?

Work is an important part of people’s lives. It means more than just getting paid. It means being able to make your own choices about how you want to live your life.

At work, it’s what people can do that matters. If you are a young person with a disability, only you can decide your limits. You can work in a wide variety of jobs and play an important role in America’s economy. In fact, experience with a disability can help in a job or in starting a business. Today more than ever, businesses need people who can think differently about how to solve problems and get the job done. People with disabilities do this in America’s workplaces every day – and so can you. So set your sights high! Along the way, remember that resources are available to help you seek employment, succeed on the job, and understand your right to be judged on your ability, not disability.


Tell us what you WILL do!
If you are a young person with a disability, we’d like to hear from you!

Please take a moment to share your career aspirations. By doing so, you will help increase employer awareness about the many ways today’s youth plan to be tomorrow’s leaders and will encourage others to dream big!
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I WILL...

Tristan
Modesto, CA
I am going to be an architect. I love to draw and design things.


Elaine
Hopewell Junction, NY
I will graduate in May with a B.S. in biomedical engineering and a minor in Spanish. Then I will go on to get my PhD in Rehabilitation Science and Tech allowing me to design next gen assistive tech. I will also continue to break down barriers and misconceptions about physical disabilities.


Stephanie
Rochester, NY
I will graduate from college in May with a B.S. in Management and a B.A. in English. I will continue on to law school where I will learn to be a great lawyer that will defend the rights of individuals with disabilities. I will help to make our world a better place for everybody.


Sara-Elizabeth
Gardiner, NY
I’m 14 yrs old & I have epilepsy & I'm in the 9th grade. Once I graduate, I want to continue my education in religious studies & drama. I’m also an epilepsy advocate & I’ll continue my current goal to break the stigma that surrounds epilepsy via my website (itsnotwhoiam.com) & more.


shanda
dayton tx., TX
Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be a teacher because I like to play school a lot. I like to be around children and I think I can do it. It might take a little bit of time but I encourage myself that I can do this and this is what I want. I would like to be a fourth grade math teacher.