United Spinal's VetsFirst Offers Online Guide To Help Disabled Veterans Achieve Career And Academic Goals
NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association's program VetsFirst, has released the Disabled Veterans Employment Guide –– a new online resource that provides veterans with information to make educated and informed decisions regarding their academic and career future.
The easy-to-navigate guide offers disabled veterans a variety of tools to realize their academic and career goals. It provides a step-by-step outline to finding employment and covers unique needs such as workplace accommodations, adjustments, or modifications.
"The Disabled Veterans Employment Guide supplies information to disabled veterans about their rights and responsibilities as a worker or student with a disability. Many other guides seem to focus on what employers need to know about hiring people with disabilities, but that is just one side of the coin," said Heather Ansley, Esq., MSW, vice president of Veterans Policy at United Spinal Association.
"While many people have heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), many are not aware of its protections in various environments such as the workplace. This guide presents this information to those that need it the most," she added.
Other key features include an extensive library of disability resources tailored to the needs of veterans, as well as information on developing self-advocacy skills; understanding disability rights; finding federal employment; and assessing academic needs as a person living with a disability.
The last section of the guide presents questions that highlight all topics covered in previous sections to help disabled vets gear up for future employment and educational opportunities.
VetsFirst represents the culmination of 60 years of service to veterans and their families. United Spinal Association, through its veterans service program, VetsFirst, provides representation for veterans, their dependents and survivors in their pursuit of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and health care before VA and in the federal courts.
About United Spinal Association
United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.
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Heather L. Ansley
SOURCE United Spinal Association