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Veterans and Substance Abuse: Recovery is Possible, Help is Available

In Featured, Mental Health Resources, News by Priscilla Matthews

Do you know a veteran who might be using alcohol, tobacco, or prescription drugs to cope with anxiety, post-traumatic stress, or homelessness? If so, they’re not alone. The rate of substance abuse reported by service members who served since 2001 has tripled since before Vietnam. In 2015, 1 in 15 veterans had a substance abuse disorder. Recovery is PossibleRecovery from …

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Cast Your Vote on November 3rd, 2020 (or Before)!

In Advocacy, News by eri

Voting is your opportunity to make your voice count and choose candidates who care about the things that are important to you. It’s your chance to make a difference and change the world. As a person with a disability and unique needs, you may benefit from seeing issues important to you being recognized and paid attention to by your legislators. …

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10 Ways for Employers to Promote a Disability-Friendly Workplace

In Advocacy, Featured, News by eri

A critical part of an inclusive community and strong economy are workplaces that welcome the talents of all people, including people with disabilities. During October, ERI recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) to raise awareness about disability employment issues, celebrate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities, and increase access to and opportunities for employment for people …

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Improve Your Physical, Mental, and Social Health – Without Leaving Home

In Featured, Mental Health Resources, News by Sarah Lyngdal

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never ever have enough.” OprahCaring for our health is always important, but especially so as we respond to changes during the COVID-19 outbreak. Here’s one way to improve your physical, mental and social health – without leaving home! Practicing …

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Share Your Greatness. Be a Mentor, Find a Mentor.

In Advocacy, Featured, News by eri

Why Mentoring? Mentoring helps youth with disabilities prepare to move from school to work, according to research.  Young people with mentors are more likely to do positive activities and achieve higher educational goals. The Mentoring Effect reports that at-risk young adults who had a mentor are more likely to: Enroll in and graduate from college than those who did not …

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5 Helpful Apps to Stay Organized in School

In Assistive Technology Resources, Featured, Teen Tips by eri

You’re in school, and COVID-19 can’t stop you from exploring. Whether you’re attending school in-person, remotely, or a combination of the two, your device can be a doorway into other worlds – important news, celebrities, style, music, parties, sports, love. It can also help you explore and discover interests that could lead to an exciting job in the future. It’s …

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Free Training: Ticket to Work – Helping People Achieve Their Work Goals

In Featured, News, Training by eri

If you are a professional working with people with disabilities, Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program may be a resource to help the people you serve reach their career and financial goals. The Ticket to Work Program supports people with disabilities in finding a job, maintaining a job, or growing their careers. This training introduces the Ticket to Work Program …

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Advocacy Spotlight: Assistive Technology

In Advocacy, Assistive Technology Articles, Blog, Featured, News by eri

Did you know? People with disabilities of all ages have the right to receive needed assistive technology (AT) and related services. These rights are outlined in the Assistive Technology Act (AT Act of 2004), a federal law that provides funding to states to assist people with disabilities obtain: information on technological resources necessary assistive technology Assistive Technology AdvocacyIf you or …

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ADA 30th Anniversary – Celebrate. Learn. Share.

In ADA Articles, Employment Articles, Featured, News by eri

If you have a disability, you have the same rights to opportunities and employment as anyone else. If you care about someone with a disability, you have the opportunity to share with them the common goal and experience of finding and growing a career. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) helped to bring this right to the forefront and is …

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Work from Home: Career Exploration Tips

In Benefits and Employment Articles, Blog, Employment Articles, Featured, News by eri

Work from home jobs are appealing to many people, including to those with disabilities. Not only does it eliminate transportation barriers, but it saves money in gas, vehicle maintenance, and clothing. A common question asked of ERI’s employment specialists is “How can I get a job that I can do at home?” Opportunities to work from home have increased dramatically …