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Feature Issue on Employment and Women With Disabilities

Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota • Volume 21 • Number 1 • Summer/Fall 2008

From the Editors

Why is work important to women with disabilities? Well, for the women profiled in this Impact there are a lot of 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, we hope through this Impact to 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.

What's Inside


"Get It in Your Head:" My Grandmother's Advice Was Right

What Work Means to Me: Some Thoughts From Women With Disabilities

Resources: Telling the Stories of Women With Disabilities (sidebar)

What Do We Know, and Not Know, About Women With Disabilities in the Workforce?

Becoming the Ones We've Been Waiting For: A Story of Work, Community, and Change

Role Models, Mentors, and Muses for Women With Disabilities

Lissie's Luv Yums: Fighting Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Resources: Creative Employment Approaches (sidebar)

Strengthening Employment Outcomes for Rural Women With Disabilities

Resources: Employment, Women, Diversity and Disabilities (sidebar)

Thinking Outside the Box: Competitive Employment for Women With Severe Disabilities

Trying Out College Life (sidebar)

Employment Disparities for Minority Women With Disabilities

Transition Years: An Examination of Outcomes for Girls

School Dropout and Teen Moms With Learning Disabilities (sidebar)

Preparing Our Daughter for Successful Work: The Experience of a Mom Who's Been There

Why is Transition Planning Different for Girls? Five Key Reasons

Postsecondary Education for Women With Disabilities: What Families Should Know

How I Became a Successful Artist

Resources: Education and Women With Disabilities (sidebar)

Keep Off Your Feet, But Keep Your Head: A Story of Disability, Theology and Work

My "Crooked" Path to Science

Resources: Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (sidebar)

Career Development: Improving Options and Opportunities for Women With Disabilities

Findings on Gender Differences in Employment of Individuals Receiving Rehabilitation Services (sidebar)

Publication Information

Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord

Issue Editors:

Wendy Parent Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities Lawrence

Susan Foley Institute for Community Inclusion University of Massachusetts, Boston

Fabricio Balcazar Center on Capacity Building for Minorities with Disabilities Research Department of Disability and Human Development University of Illinois, Chicago

Carol Ely Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Chris Bremer Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Impact is published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living and Employment, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0654 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Grant #H133B080005 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education.

The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, College, University, or their funding sources.

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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota ( Citation: Parent, W., Foley, S., Balcazar, F., Ely, C., Bremer, C. & Gaylord, V. (Eds.). (Summer/Fall 2008). Impact: Feature Issue on Employment and Women With Disabilities, 21(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration].


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