October 23 – Josh (NDEAM Success Story

Celebrating Our Successes!

Reflecting the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

The Philadelphia “Employment 1st, Employment NOW!” Steering Committee is celebrating this year’s event with a month of employment success stories. Each day you will be receiving an email containing a new story about someone who is contributing to their community through employment. We invite you to join us as we celebrate their successes!

Life Without Limits

Meet Josh

Photo of Josh at CareerLink
Photo of Josh at CareerLink

Life Without Limits

Born with cerebral palsy, Josh faced many obstacles growing up, including frequent surgeries and a lot of missed school. With the help of a supportive family Josh was able to earn a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and an associate’s degree in Web Design at Beacon College in Florida.

Following graduation, Josh wanted to enter the workforce and live independently. He began to work with JEVS’ Philadelphia Independence Network (PIN), a supportive co-ed community which empowers young adults with disabilities so that they can live fulfilling lives.

JEVS was able to assist Josh in obtaining his first job at the airport assisting people with disabilities, and then his current position at CareerLink, where he helps people with job applications, résumés and finding job opportunities. In addition, he has a second job at Subrogation Strategies where he performs data entry.

With a solid support system of family, friends and JEVS staff in his corner, Josh is proving there are no limitations. He now lives in his own apartment by himself and maintains perfect attendance and a constant drive for growth at both of his jobs.

“With this job, I help people with applications, résumés—I’m starting to find my niche. This is my starting point in my human services career. PIN changed the outcome of my whole entire life. I live in an apartment. I have a social life. I like to hang out with my friends, watch TV, play board games.”

~ submitted by JEVS