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Overcoming & Achieving
Michael Bulling
G
oodwill
Industries
International
recently named
Michael Bulling
its 2011 Kenneth
Shaw Graduate
of the Year for his
determination to gain skills training
and secure a job working as a
custodian for Capital Building
Maintenance, which services the
Seattle-Tacoma International
(SEATAC) Airport.
Bullings mother refers to him
as the five-million-dollar kid, as
his life began with the umbilical
cord wrapped around his neck,
causing him to be born three
months premature at 1.5 pounds;
within a couple of weeks, he was
diagnosed with a learning disabil-
ity and cerebral palsy. Bulling
graduated from Lincoln High
School in Tacoma, WA, in 1995
and found a few jobs, but it wasnt
until he received the advocacy he
needed for future work when a
friend told him about Goodwill


job training opportunities.
Bulling walked into Tacoma
Goodwill in 2007 seeking services
that would help him find a job. He
soon entered into the CHOICES
program, which helps people with
disabilities prepare and earn
employment through one-on-one
soft skills training, including cus-
tomer service and interview skills
training. The program also
included a twice-monthly class in
which participants discuss job
hunting, rsums, and undergo
mock interviews. Upon graduation
from the CHOICES program,
Bulling obtained help from a case
manager through supported
employment, which provides job
retention services for people with
disabilities. His case manager took
Bulling to a hiring event where he
met his future employer.
Goodwill gave me a chance by
helping me get a job and a fresh
start the same for anyone with a
disability or anyone who never had
a chance, said Bulling. Goodwill
gave me an opportunity and I took
the ball and ran with it. Now I have
a career, not just a job.
Bulling has worked as a custo-
dian for the past three years
where he maintains the D con-
course, which includes sweeping,
washing chairs, dusting, cleaning,
and replenishing supplies. More
than 30 million people travel
through the terminal each year.
Having also earned the local
Tacoma Goodwills Graduate award,
Bulling understands that he can be a
role model to others. He has spoken
at a variety of events, including at
local Boys & Girls Clubs and in
front of organizations advocating on
behalf of people with disabilities.
Bulling says it best when offering
advice to others: Succeed at your
highest level. Work at your own
pace. Dont give up, and dont give
in. And try Goodwill.
Goodwill Industries Internationals Ken-
neth Shaw Graduate of the Year award
honors an outstanding person or persons
for completing a Goodwill Industries ca-
reer program and becoming competitively
employed by a non-Goodwill employer in
the community.
Personality Types Tied to
Best Jobs
Collaboration is Key Part I
How to Talk about
Unemployment
Whats New in AT?
Campaign to Employ
More Veterans
Job-seeking Success
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W
hen defining their
dream jobs, many peo-
ple base their selections
on a similar set of criteria: earn-
ings, fun, flexibility and even
prestige. Yet many fail to take into
account one of the most important
factors of all how their person-
ality type corresponds to jobs.
A persons personality type
plays one of the most indicative
roles in how much he or she will
enjoy their job and get along with
colleagues, according to Laurence
Shatkin, Ph.D., author of 50 Best
Jobs for Your Personality, Second
Edition (JIST Publishing).
People who have a certain per-
sonality feel more capable of doing
certain things and dealing with cer-
tain problems; they also feel more
accepted when they are among
people with personalities similar to
their own, says Shatkin.
In his book, Shatkin connects
occupational researcher John
Hollands RIASEC personality
types to rewarding careers that
suit them best. The following list
reflects the top three jobs for
each RIASEC personality type,
according to Shatkins research
and information from the U.S.
Department of Labor.
Realistic Personalities:
Civil engineers;
Surveyors; and
Computer support specialists.
Investigative Personalities:
Computer software engineers;
Anesthesiologists; and
Family and general practitioners.
Artistic Personalities:
Multi-media artists and
animators;
Art, drama, and postsecond-
ary music teachers; and
Architects.
Social Personalities:
Registered nurses;
Teachers; and
Physical therapists.
Enterprising Personalities:
Securities, commodities, and
financial services sales agents;
Financial managers; and
Computer and information
systems managers.
Conventional Personalities:
Accountants and auditors;
Financial analysts; and
Cost estimators.
Dont be Unhappy on the Job
Michael Farr, author of
Overnight Career Choice, also
available from JIST Publishing,
notes that half of all Americans are
unhappy in their jobs.
Some people move from job to
job, searching for more fulfilling, or
better paying work, Farr states.
Others say they fell into a career
without asking if it suited them. Still
others follow in the footsteps of a par-
ent or pursue a hot field, Farr adds.
Professional guidance from a
job developer or other supported
employment specialist, and a
good planning tool can buck this
trend and create a career that
matches an individuals person-
ality and abilities to the job.
Personality Types Tied
to Best Jobs
Quick Ideas
There are many ways to get a
job seeker on a career path. The
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
(MBTI) personality inventory, and
the Predictive Index survey are
among the leading personality
tests. These are only a few ideas
regardless of the method chosen,
the main idea is getting at what
makes an individual tick.
Admittedly, this is a more time-
consuming, soul-searching
approach, but the payoff success
and happiness in the long haul
rather than the short term is
worth the effort.
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Editors Notebook
several success stories this month
as weve been in the habit of doing
while de-emphasizing the
employment awareness month
aspect. Besides, as we all know,
EVERY month SHOULD be dis-
ability employment month!
Finally, if after reading this
months success stories, you think
to yourself, Why didnt JTPR men-
tion John Doe that our agency
placed? Hes overcome a lot of
obstacles, too! Its simply because
we didnt know about this individ-
ual! Contact us, and well be happy
to profile this person in a future
newsletter. Dont have the time to
write it? Contact us anyway, and
wed be happy to put together an
article for you. Until next time.
Mike Jacquart, Editor
(715) 258-2448
mike.jacquart@impacttrainingcenter.net
October is
Disability
Employment
Awareness Month,
but this year I decided to take a dif-
ferent approach to this observance.
On the one hand, as a former
newspaper reporter I liked pointing
out that observances and anniver-
saries are important hooks for
the media. In other words, this tie-
in makes October an ideal time for
supported employment agencies to
approach local media to write (or
broadcast) a story about the need
to employ people with disabilities.
On the other hand, it has increas-
ingly come to my attention that
some see this observance, as little
more than a patronizing reminder
to employ those poor individuals
with disabilities and the last
thing JTPR wants to do is maintain
negative stereotypes about persons
with various impairments.
Therefore, I decided a different
view would be for JTPR to publish
Success Stories contd from Page 1
then became a Goodwill employee
in 2005 and was promoted to IT
administrator in 2010.
Today, he is one of the most
well-known employees at
Goodwill and spends his days per-
forming back-ups of hard drives,
processing and repairing donated
computers, and interacting with
more than 230 users, including
employees and program partici-
pants throughout eastern
Washington and northern Idaho,
about the technology they rely on
to do their jobs.
Other employers just saw my
chair, said Christman. Goodwill
saw what I could do.
Through Goodwill training,
Christman was able to grow profes-
sionally in his technical skills,
including receiving A+ and NetPlus
certifications, learning to administer
networks, and setting up intranet
sites. Goodwill also accommodated
his medical issues by building a
custom cart that connects to his
wheelchair so that he can carry
computers and monitors to offices.
Goodwill believed in me and my
future, and now I have a job I love
and can help others, Christman said.
Goodwill Industries Internationals Achiev-
er of the Year is a person who has shown
great progress and accomplishment in over-
coming challenges to finding employment,
and who still benefits from the Goodwill
work environment or receives services to
support employment at a community site.
Chad Christman
Goodwill
Industries
International has
named Chad
Christman its 2011
Achiever of the Year
for building a life
for himself after
sustaining life-altering injuries in a
car accident when he was a baby.
During his developmental years,
Christman spent two years in the
hospital, suffered medical illnesses
such as pneumonia, and received
ongoing medical care from a child-
hood hospital until he was 18.
When he was just four months
old, Christman was involved in a
car accident and was thrown out of
the car window and landed under-
neath a tire. At such a young age,
he had only begun learning to
maneuver in his walker, but that
was the first and last time that he
ever walked. After the accident, he
was put in a brace, underwent
physical therapy and grew up using
a wheelchair due to the severe sco-
liosis he developed from the acci-
dent. It was during those formative
years that Christman developed a
keen interest in computers. He built
his own computer system and net-
work at home and taught himself
advanced applications.
As a young adult, he dabbled in
some college courses, but it wasnt
until he sought help at Goodwill
Industries of the Inland Northwest
(Spokane, WA) seven years ago
that he truly found his calling. He
was placed in an assembly posi-
tion to start, but while in that
assignment, the staff specialist
approached the IT manager and
told him about Christmans capa-
bilities. He then received two
years of training as a program par-
ticipant within the IT department,
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L
ife Skills in St. Louis,
Missouri, has joined
with other organizations
to resolve job market barriers
for people with developmental
disabilities.
Through community-based
employment services, organiza-
tions around the country work to
improve the employment environ-
ment for people with developmen-
tal disabilities. Because people
with developmental disabilities
face an alarmingly high rate of
unemployment, they find them-
selves in a low-income cycle of
poverty, making them more likely
to be dependent on government
support. Traditional job develop-
ment techniques, such as job carv-
ing, are no longer sufficient to
meet the needs of people on a long
waiting list for work in this formi-
dable job market.
One method that has proven
effective relies on employment orga-
nizations putting their competitive
natures aside and working collabor-
atively for the overall benefit of peo-
ple with developmental disabilities.
Collaboration is Key Part I
Program Model
Along with other St. Louis area
organizations, Life Skills is com-
mitted to resolving these socioeco-
nomic and job market barriers for
people with disabilities. The orga-
nizations combined dedication
resulted in a program design and a
new position that incorporate the
skills of a marketing executive and
the compassion of a social worker.
The person in this new position,
dubbed a corporate marketer,
works to increase the number of
people with disabilities in competi-
tive employment by identifying,
educating, and recruiting busi-
nesses to employ these individuals.
Although these responsibilities
may seem like the standard duties
of a job developer, the corporate
marketers level of community
engagement is at a much higher
level this individual acts as a
rainmaker for the field of
employment services.
Most important, the corporate
marketer sells the benefits of hir-
ing any person with a develop-
mental disability, not just those
served by Life Skills, which helps
create a unique environment of
collaboration.
Although employed by Life
Skills, the corporate marketer is
actually a regional position, gen-
erously funded by the United Way
of Greater St. Louis and the
Developmental Disabilities
Resource Board of St. Charles,
Missouri (a local funder of ser-
vices). This position benefits seven
supported employment organiza-
tions and, in effect, creates a net-
work hub, joining the business
community, neighborhood school
districts, and state and local refer-
ral organizations with employment
service providers.
NEXT MONTH: More on the
corporate marketer position, and
on Life Skills efforts.
Source: Reprinted with permission of
Commission on Accreditation of Reha-
bilitation Facilities (CARF), Promising
Practices series. For more information,
visit www.carf.org. To find out more about
Life Skills, check out www.lifeskills-stl.org.

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How to Talk about Unemployment
Quick Ideas
M
any people who are out
of work are so over-
come with shame and
embarrassment that they hide
beneath a rock and avoid talking
about their situation with others.
This can be problematic for many
reasons, according to Jean Baur, a
noted career expert and author.
You are virtually guaranteeing
that you will have almost no help
from your network because no one
knows youre looking for work,
states Baur, author of Eliminated!
Now What? Finding Your Way from
Job-Loss Crisis to Career Resilience
(JIST Publishing, www.jist.com).
Secondly, sustaining a ruse that
youre still employed, so that your
family, friends and neighbors dont
know the truth, takes a lot of energy
energy that you need for your job
search. And lastly, this ties you to
the past to your past job, past
schedule, and so on, and therefore
makes it much harder to move
forward, Baur explains.
Rather than keep their transition a
secret, job seekers should discuss
their situation with others after
developing a well-prepared message
that acknowledges why they are
searching for a new opportunity and
how they plan to move forward.
Baur offers the following dos
and donts for discussing career
transition with others:
Do:
v Prepare a simple, clean mes-
sage about why you were let go.
These statements are often built
around reorganizations, acquisi-
tions, loss of sales, a reduction in
the workforce and so on. Test it on
a few people to make sure there
are no red flags.
v Start creating a list of the peo-
ple you know. List making helps
you think of others. Many job seek-
ers Ive partnered with, after a
week or two of working on the list,
think of a really wonderful contact
who can open doors for them.
v Be aware that this is a tricky
time for most people going
through it. Move, but dont pro-
ceed too quickly. You want a
strong foundation before you jump
into networking and interviews.
v See if there is ONE small
action you can take today that will
help you move forward. This could
be developing a well-written cover
letter, making a list of your key
strengths, or thinking about the
work youve enjoyed most.
Dont:
v Hide. Rather, find your own
pace and style, and when youre
ready, begin sharing your news
with others.
v Let your bitterness or anger
come through in conversations. If
you do this too much, you run the
risk of not learning how to let go
and of relaying your ill feelings to
a prospective employer. That is a
HUGE no-no! If you need to vent,
limit these talks to family and
close friends.
v Introduce yourself in the past
tense. For instance, I used to be a
retail manager. Its much better to
say, I am a retail manager, most
recently with XYZ Company and
Im excited to be looking for....
Source: JIST Publishing.
Whats New in AT?
Assistive Technology
What is it? Attainment Switch
What does it do? Attainment
Switch is a switch emulation
program designed for individuals
with cognitive, fne motor or upper
extremity disabilities.
How does it work? This
application (or app) allows a
person to use their Apple iPad,
iPhone or iPod Touch as a
wireless accessibility switch.
Attainment Switch can be used
to communicate with scanning-
enabled software running on any
Mac or Windows PC.
Who makes it? Attainment
Company Inc., P.O. Box 930160,
Verona, WI 53593 (800) 327-4269,
www.attainmentcompany.com.
Cost: $4.99.
Source: ABLEDATA (www.abledata.com),
which adds more than 1,000 assistive
technology products to its database each
year. ABLEDATA records are provided
for informational purposes only. Products
contained in ABLEDATA have not been
examined, reviewed or tested.
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Emmitt
Emmitt, a
young man in his
mid-20s from
Indiana currently
works as a rehabil-
itation technician.
He transports
patients to their
physical and occupational therapy
appointments, and helps them with
exercises to recover from injuries
or strokes. Because Emmitt
showed such interest and dedica-
tion in his work, he was able to
turn an unpaid internship into a
paid full-time job.
Two years ago, when Emmitt was
still in high school, he talked to one
of his teachers about finding a job
where he could work as part of a
team. He also said that he was inter-
ested in work that helped people.
Emmitts teacher and his services
agency counselor referred him to
Project SEARCH/Indiana, a pro-
gram that gives high school seniors
a chance to work at unpaid intern-
ships in different types of busi-
nesses. Students also take classes in
which they learn skills they will
need to work in the community.
Through Project SEARCH/
Indiana, Emmitt trained as a rehab
technician. This meant learning
about the different reasons patients
need physical, recreational,
speech, or occupational therapy.
Emmitt learned the proper way to
transport different types of
patients. He also learned how to
help patients perform exercises to
strengthen their muscles or learn
to walk again. Emmitt, his super-
visor and job coach found that it
was helpful for him to use a board
with pictures to learn everything
about this challenging job and its
strict schedule. As Emmitt became
accustomed to his work, he gained
confidence and enjoyed himself
more and more.
Emmitt is now a benefited
employee who works 3035 hours
a week. He continues to help
patients with their exercises and
with gait-training (learning to
walk). He also independently files
reports on what each patient was
able to do each day. Emmitts
supervisor trusts him to know
when he can do a task on his own
and when he needs support.
Patients and team members appre-
ciate the competent, relaxed way
in which he works with them.
Source: Institute for Community Inclu-
sion, www.realworkstories.org Project
SEARCH/Indiana is an affiliate of Project
SEARCH International, established at
Cincinnati Childrens Medical Center.
More information on Project SEARCH is
available at www.projectsearch.us

Abby Hoeft
Whenever
I was dealing
with a diffi-
cult situation
and couldnt
see things
optimistically, my mother would
always tell me, Abby, out of all
bad comes some good. It wasnt
until I was diagnosed with schizo-
phrenia at age 20 that I realized
just how true her words were.
My first experience with schizo-
phrenia happened like anything
truly awful does without warning.
I was in my third year in college,
enjoying my studio art classes, hav-
ing fun with my friends, and feel-
ing happy about life. I had rosy
visions of my future as an art
teacher, and (although I didnt
know it then) I had schizophrenia.
I wish I could say that I knew
when my zest for life turned into an
unhealthy manic episode, but I was
as stunned as my family and friends
when campus security drove me to
St. Michaels Hospital.
At the time, I didnt have the
mental clarity to understand what
was happening to me. After I had
been stabilized with medication, I
began to grasp what had happened.
I cant even begin to describe the
guilt and shame I felt for things I
had said and done while I was
under schizophrenic delusions.
Awful memories came back to me
like hitting my father and push-
ing my roommate down, and
throwing water at nurses.
In time, I would come to accept
my schizophrenia as a part of myself
as something that would always
be with me. Even though it took a
number of lengthy hospitalizations
and subsequent battles with depres-
sion to get to this point, I know that
coping with my disorder has made
me the strong, determined young
person that I am today. I also know
that I couldnt have achieved my
goal of graduating from college
without the continued love and sup-
port of my family and friends.
It took me eight years to attain
my undergraduate degree, but it
was a goal that I wanted to
achieve. I was able to do this by
working and attending college part
time and working with my doctor
as well as my family and friends
to manage my stress levels.
Having a disorder like schizo-
phrenia has changed my perspec-
tive and career goals. I now have a
greater appreciation for the strug-
gles that people with disabilities
face and I plan to bring this under-
standing to my work as a writer. I
am grateful for what living with
schizophrenia has taught me:
Sometimes the worst situations
bring out the best in us.
Success Stories contd from Page 3
continued on Page 8
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C
ompTIA, the non-profit
association for the infor-
mation technology (IT)
industry, recently introduced a new
initiative aimed at bringing United
States military veterans into the
nations IT workforce.
CompTIAs Troops to Tech
Careers program will help veterans
make the transition from the armed
forces to the civilian workforce
specifically in IT jobs. CompTIA is
working with partners such as New
Horizons Computer Learning
Centers and the U.S. Department
of Labors One Stop Career
Centers on pilot programs in 23
cities across the country, including
Austin, Texas; Chicago; Detroit;
Jacksonville, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.;
and in Southern California.
The service and sacrifice that
these men and women have given
to our nation makes it incumbent
on all of us to ease their transition
to civilian life by making employ-
ment opportunities available to
them, said Todd Thibodeaux,
president and chief executive offi-
cer of CompTIA.
At a time when other indus-
tries are shedding jobs, the IT sec-
tor continues to offer an
abundance of career opportuni-
ties, Thibodeaux continued.
Current estimates place the num-
ber of open IT jobs around the
country at more than 450,000.
With the proper training and certi-
fication, our veterans offer a
ready-made solution for employers
looking to fill these openings.
CompTIAs new program
launches at a time of renewed focus
on the needs of military personnel
transitioning back to civilian life.
Between 2011 and 2016, more than
one million service members are
expected to return from Iraq and
Afghanistan and seek training,
education and employment. Thats
in addition to the one million
veterans currently unemployed.
President Obama outlined a
series of government initiatives
aimed at employing Americas vet-
erans, including employer tax
credits for hiring veterans; build-
ing a career-ready military that
maximizes the career-readiness of
all service members; and deliver-
ing enhanced job search services
to veterans through the One Stop
Career Centers. The President also
challenged the private sector to
hire or train 100,000 unemployed
veterans or their spouses by 2013.
Video profiles of two veterans
who achieved IT careers through
the Creating IT Futures program
can be found at
www.creatingITfutures.org.
Source: CompTIA (www.comptia.org).
Campaign to Employ More Veterans
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Job-seeking Success
Quick Ideas
J
ob training and placement
professionals are always
interested in examples of suc-
cessful customized and supported
employment. The following, cour-
tesy of Griffin-Hammis
Associates, are links to a few of
both from its Minnesota TA &
Training Center project and a few
from its Microenterprise and CE
Project with the Ohio Rehab
Services Commission.
Minnesota: http://mntat.org/stories/
index.asp
Ohio: http://griffinhammis.typepad.
com/the_ohio_microenterprise_/
Readers may also be interested
in checking out: http://www.
cequick.com/myeln/griffinhammis/
default.asp
Source: Griffin-Hammis Associates.
Editors note: This article originally
appeared on our blog,
http://impactpublishing.wordpress.com.
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Want a Job? Go Green!
Book Review
B
illions of dollars are being
invested in the develop-
ment of new green tech-
nology. As a result, theres a
growing need for skilled workers
in many occupations and indus-
tries that are new or evolving.
In their recently released book,
Paint Your Career Green: Get a
Green Job Without Starting Over,
authors Stan Schatt and Michele
Lobl explain. These funds will
spawn the development of new
businesses that will design, build
and sell alternative-energy vehicles
and research, and manufacture and
install smart grids and other envi-
ronmentally friendly technologies.
The trend is clear, they add.
As products move from the
research and design stages to pro-
duction and distribution phases, there
will be an increased need for people
trained and ready to fill new career
positions. Fuel-cell batteries will
need to be produced, distributed,
sold and then repaired. Old diesel
engines will need to be retrofitted.
New public-transportation initiatives
will require people to plan, schedule,
analyze and drive new vehicles.
Schatt and Lobl further explain
that many green industry positions
look and feel like similar jobs in
other industries. For example, a
financial analyst could become an
energy auditor after acquiring
knowledge of green technology
costs. A construction sales man-
ager could become a solar energy
sales manager after acquiring
knowledge on solar technology.
In many ways, now is the ideal
time to pursue a green job, the authors
state. Because green industries are in
their infancy, even minimal training
will give you an edge and make you a
valuable asset. When green industries
begin to mature several years from
now, educational requirements are
bound to become far more demanding
as new types of green certification
become standard.
Paint Your Career Green: Get a Green Job
Without Starting Over is available in ma-
jor bookstores, at www.amazon.com and
from the publisher, www.jist.com.
Dewarren Carter
I was initially
incarcerated in
2004. During my
incarceration, I did
a lot of self-studies
as far as my read-
ing and writing different things
that would help me prepare for my
release. I focused a lot on what I
would have to do to prosper. I
knew I was going to be low on
finances when I was released, but
that didnt deter me.
In 2008, while in a minimum-
security prison, I heard about
Goodwill Industries of
Northwest North Carolinas
Project Re-entry. When I entered
the program, I didnt know what
to expect. I was doing carpentry,
writing and taking dog-training
classes different things that I
thought would help me prepare
for release. I learned how to
budget my money and time, how
to present myself to employers,
and how to carry myself around.
Once I was released from
prison, Project Re-entry helped
me with transportation, clothing,
and networking with people who
were going to stand behind me. I
also went to school to learn to
work with animals.
Because of that schooling, I have
both a part-time and a full-time job.
Ive been working 50 hours a week,
and people are asking me now, How
did you come so far, so fast?
Through the support of people stand-
ing behind me, I have made big prog-
ress. My life has turned around.
Ive made a commitment to do
right. I have duties and responsibili-
ties now. Through my jobs, I was
able to save and get an apartment
and a car. I want to build up my
future instead of tear it down.
I am very thankful for Goodwill.
They have provided a means of ser-
vice for people like me through
Project Re-entry.
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