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Joined: Jun 30, 2009
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Posted Jul 03, 2009 at 2:18:46 PM
Subject: Survival

How are adults with disabilities supposed to survive in the current recession? I have been unemployed for a year. I have been actively searching for work since late last fall--sending in job applications and resumes, but have received no responses. Earlier last year, I had completed a clerical training course that had prepared me to begin working in an office environment. I am able to work, but am at a bigger disadvantage than persons without disabilities applying for those same jobs.

I know the economy is hard on everyone, but for people like me just trying to get a "foot in the door" (somewhere), my chances are bleak. Also, getting government assistance is equally hard because my disability "doesn't seem as severe as others who have disabilities", therefore I am refused most assistance.

Are there any practical answers for survival for us? I am surviving now, but may be living on the streets in a few months.


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Posted:Jul 03, 2009 8:44:52 PM

I guess I don't have enough life experience to personally answer this question, but I often wonder the same thing. I'm still trying to find my place in the world. I'm going to school part time, and I have a job that barely pays a livable-wage. I live with my family, and I am a year away from turning 30.

This recession will have a lasting impact on everyone for years to come. Those of us who are especially vulnerable to acquiring the necessary skills to compete in an economy that demands "highly skilled" on a resume will find ourselves having to use every angle possible to ensure a positive outcome.

I'm not entirely convinced that I will be able to find any success in the future job market, but I have to at least try. I don't know how to answer your question; I am also anxious to find answers.

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