Working with Dolphins: A (W)Holistic Path to Career Discovery

Josie Badger in graduation cap and gown.

As a child I remember playing make-believe, pretending that I was a teacher, a doctor, a veterinarian, a marine biologist, a secretary. I would imagine what it would be like as an adult in one of these careers. I imagined myself swimming with the dolphins with a whistle, teaching them how to jump and spin, … Continue reading Working with Dolphins: A (W)Holistic Path to Career Discovery

Ms. Grishman or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Disability

Hi. My name is Alisa Grishman. I’m 37 years old, I’m disabled, and I love it. Giving you a moment here to digest that… My disability is as beautiful to me as my storm cloud-grey eyes and my tattoos, and just as how I get annoyed at my hair for being frizzy or notice the … Continue reading Ms. Grishman or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Disability

Significantly Able to Work: Employment for the Significantly Disabled

Josie Badger sits with cohorts of the #IWantToWork campaign.

by Dr. Josie Badger As an individual with a significant physical disability—requiring the use of a ventilator, power wheelchair, and 24-hour care—it was difficult to identify a career where I could maintain my physical health while being employed full time. In relatively recent history, individuals with more significant physical disabilities are surviving and thriving. Although … Continue reading Significantly Able to Work: Employment for the Significantly Disabled