In our work here at Vocational Solutions of Henderson County, we encounter a wide range of perspectives about disability, as well as a range of attitudes toward disabled people. Some people are welcoming and supportive of people with disabilities, while others are uncomfortable with their presence. In addition, we have found that many parents and caregivers get so used to doing things for their disabled charges—even when they become adults—that they can’t imagine the individuals doing things for themselves, especially not entering the workforce.
Our team is here to push back on this attitude and explain why many adults with disabilities can find gainful employment and why they should be supported in doing so. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of vocational training for people with disabilities.
- Dignity and Confidence – One reason why we believe vocational training for people with disabilities is important is because it gives the disabled individual a greater sense of confidence. Our programs teach important work and life skills that empower the individual to have more control over their lives and futures, which in turn supports their human dignity.
- Mental Health – Another reason why we offer vocational training for people with disabilities is because the opportunity to participate in the workforce greatly enhances mental health. Not only does work provide opportunities to show competence, but it also serves as an important avenue for socialization and community-building. Everyone deserves to be able to participate in public life, and we believe employment is an important part of that.
- Financial Independence – A third reason why we offer vocational training for people with disabilities is that preparing individuals with disabilities to work helps them become more financially independent. In the US, roughly 25% of disabled people live in poverty. We hope to lower this statistic in our community by helping disabled individuals to find steady employment.