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ERIC Number: ED503808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 36
Abstractor: ERIC
Impact. Volume 21, Number 1, Summer-Fall 2008
Gaylord, Vicki, Ed.
Institute on Community Integration (NJ1)
This issue of "Impact" focuses on employment and women with disabilities. An editorial introduction notes that work is important to women with disabilities for numerous reasons. Among them are feeling successful and important, earning money, being independent, having a reason to get up in the morning, making a meaningful difference in the lives of others, learning new things, following a sense of calling, and achieving goals. At the same time, it is also true that fewer women with disabilities participate in the workforce than men with disabilities or women without disabilities. All the reasons for this difference are not entirely clear. One of the things we do know is that the expectations that people have of women with disabilities play a role in their participation in the workforce. We also know that awareness of a range of employment strategies and options on the part of professionals opens up possibilities that may otherwise be overlooked. And we know that having role models and mentors makes all the difference in the world for girls and women with disabilities as they think about what they want to do with their adult lives. Because having meaningful, valued work is such an important part of life, it is hoped that this issue of "Impact" will encourage readers to hold an expansive vision of what's possible for women with disabilities in the employment arena, and to offer strategies, resources, and inspiration to realize that vision. Articles include: (1) "Get It in Your Head": My Grandmother's Advice Was Right (Carol Ely); (2) What Work Means to Me: Some Thoughts from Women with Disabilities; (3) What Do We Know, and Not Know about Women with Disabilities in the Workforce? (Bonnie O'Day and Susan Foley); (4) Becoming the Ones We've Been Waiting For: A Story of Work, Community, and Change (Kathy Martinez); (5) Role Models, Mentors, and Muses for Women with Disabilities (Harilyn Rousso); (6) Lissie's Luv Yums: Fighting Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (Melissa Clark with Sr. Johnelle Howanach); (7) Strengthening Employment Outcomes for Rural Women with Disabilities (Martha Carstensen); (8) Thinking outside the Box: Competitive Employment for Women with Severe Disabilities (Wendy Parent); (9) Employment Disparities for Minority Women with Disabilities (Diane L. Smith and Reginald J. Alston); (10) Transition Years: An Examination of Outcomes for Girls (Fabricio E. Balcazar); (11) Preparing Our Daughter for Successful Work: The Experience of a Mom Who's Been There (Sheryl Evelo); (12) Why Is Transition Planning Different for Girls? Five Key Reasons (Jennifer Hogansen, Eleanor Gil-Kashiwabara, Sarah Geenen, Laurie Powers, and Kristin Powers); (13) Postsecondary Education for Women with Disabilities: What Families Should Know (Christine D. Bremer); (14) How I Became a Successful Artist (Kathy Donahue with assistance of Dan Reed); (15) Keep Off Your Feet, But Keep Your Head: A Story of Disability, Theology and Work (Nancy Eiesland); (16) My "Crooked" Path to Science (Laureen Summers); and (17) Career Development: Improving Options and Opportunities for Women with Disabilities (Lauren Lindstrom). (Individual articles contain references.)
Institute on Community Integration. University of Minnesota, 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Tel: 612-624-4512; Fax: 612-624-9344; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS); National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS)
Authoring Institution: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration; University of Minnesota, Research and Training Center on Community Living