Over the years, I have written much but I’ve never done a blog so this invite from Martha is a first for me. With an assigned theme to highlight my journey in becoming a rehabilitation professional, I really didn’t know how to begin. The struggle was I’m not sure what interest someone would have about what I’ve done or not.
So I’ll just start by echoing what others have said in the previous blogs. Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a profession that merits the attention of anyone who may be interested in working with people and particularly people with disabilities. There is no question in my mind that the rewards of working in rehabilitation have been far greater than I would have imagined when I began. While my ending up in rehabilitation was not particularly accidental (I needed a job and with a baccalaureate in psychology/sociology/art, employers were not clamoring at my door) it was certainly not planned. But I came in during the era of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and there were plenty of opportunities. This was in many ways truly an age of expansion. I believe it remains true as even today, there is opportunity and plenty of room for folks wanting to make a difference. The bottom line for me is that it has been an incredible run and I truly believe it can be for you who are reading this now. Continue reading