October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
The Dakota Center for Independent Living is working to help our disabled community members. This month, they held a panel to help people feel more comfortable with how and when to talk about their disability when applying for jobs. I spoke with one woman at the panel, about how she addresses things directly to show she can get the job done.
Chelsi Collins; Bismarck Resident: “What I have is cerebral palsy. It affects me physically. However, I kind of flip it, and say I have accommodations that allow me to do everyday tasks and the tasks you would like me to do. So I take what’s perceived as a negative and turn it to a positive.”
Over 10 percent of the state’s population has a disability. For more resources, click here.