Disability Employment Awareness Month & A Story About Pumpkin Man

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Feel the October days fly through the surrounding air! The gorgeous trees, the beautiful and interesting as always weather, and the bounty upon us is incredible. Image result for pumpkin bread

Had any pumpkin bread yet? Yummy!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2019  where you’ll find resources about National Disability Employment Awareness Month and  a historical timeline of the ADA.  These sites are knowledge-filled and helpful to a student studying for the CRC exam!

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Happy 29th ADA!  The birthday was officially celebrated in July, but I always like to extend partytime!

“Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is civil rights legislation that works to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including employment. At the U.S. Department of Labor, we are committed to delivering on the promise of the ADA, not only for today’s workers with disabilities, but also future generations.”

The ADA plays an integral role in the live’s of many people. It gives people with disabilities the right to file lawsuits in Federal court and obtain Federal court orders to stop ADA violations. Any vocationally relevant factor entwined with the person’s civil rights, will describe or amend a violation.

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Ready to go, willing to do, and happy to help!

Hiring me to perform the research specific to the worker and the situation, prepare an individualized needs assessment and vocational report, and then present in front of a judge or jury makes sense.

If your case involves the ADA, I’m fully interested in applying my knowledge of the law as it relates to employment and help you help your client!  Here’s a great newspaper story of Pumpkin Man, a hard worker who dares to live his dream!

FYI: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits private employers, State and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees, including State and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations.

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Pumpkin Man, Oh Pumpkin Man! Just as Tasty as Gingerbread Man!

Please contact me at 515-778-0634 or email and we can set up a time to talk. I can describe to you a recent case I had involving an employment discrimination lawsuit.  Thank you for reading!


 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.


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Planning Steps, and Big Thumbs and Toes! I Blog for Public Relations Purposes

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Originally Published on: Aug 13, 2012 @ 06:00

In last week’s post I shared my due date; while Jacob Alan finally made his delayed debut on August 19, 1994! As the newest edition to the family, weighing in at 8 pounds 2¼ ounces, and being 20 ½ inches in length, we determined he was a keeper! I wrote about his distinguishing characteristics “big thumbs and big toes, can spread his toes far (nurse had difficulty taking his footprints due to this!)”

Jacob’s feet are huge now!

Randy and I called upon the help of my mother Ann and Randy’s mother Marylin to help with the newborn while I continued on with my fall semester up in Ames (I took another 12 credits).  As well, Randy was reporting back to teaching in the Des Moines Public School District, so we needed help!  Thank you mom and Marylin!  That was great having help right in our home.

When Jacob was 4 weeks old, (Nick was in kindergarten), he went to a home daycare owned by Roberta Faiferlick, where Nick was also being cared for after his day in school. Previously I blogged about the skills of a child care provider, and boy were we blessed to have Roberta in our lives!

One course I took at ISU was Principles of Public Relations. These six principles of public relations make sense!

    1. Tell the truth
    2. Prove it with action
    3. Listen to the client
    4. Manage for tomorrow
    5. Conduct public relations as if the whole company depends on it
    6. Remain calm, patient and good-humored

By following these simple principles, PR becomes powerful. You ask how? I’ll answer in one word credibility. Public relations and blogging go hand in hand, especially for my vocational consulting company, Vocational Resources Plus, LLC., I try to blog every week. Many of the reasons I blog coincide well with the public relations side of my company.

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Credibility has 2 key components: trustworthiness and expertise.

I firmly believe that a person needs to do what they say and say what they will do. And I know professionals are busy people, and often become quite occupied with business matters, which is why planning your next steps and following through with your plan is so important.

 I planned to graduate ISU in 1995…one step at a time!

Little did I know back then that in my future I would be taking a lot more steps to receive a master’s degree!  Much more to come on that…..much more!

When I work with placement clients, we always plan next steps. Please read a previous blog about my passion for placement. If you need help from a certified job placement specialist, please contact me at 515-778-0634 or

Thank you for reading!


 My professional rehabilitation counseling practice is focused on helping people participate in the world around them, particularly in their own world of work.