National Disability Employment Awareness Month is designed to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year’s national theme is "The Right Talent, Right Now."
Felicia W. Johnson of Columbia has been appointed as Commissioner of the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR). The department prepares and assists South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive integrated employment.
The final group activity for participants of VR’s four-week brain injury comprehensive evaluation is an art project. Each individual in the most recent class created a mask that reveals something about their life with a brain injury and what they have learned while at VR. For many, the mask is also a way to express they are leaving behind negativity they have experienced relating to their brain injury and how they will focus on what they can accomplish.
The following comments are from a client who recently completed the four-week comprehensive evaluation services offered by VR:
“The staff here at VR are great people. The teamwork that was shown to me was excellent. I was impressed because they all worked (together) to help me. Everyone knew my issues. When I had medical issues, everyone helped. I am taking home a new lifestyle and confidence.
P.S. The food was great!”
VR clients may be referred for comprehensive evaluation services for an in-depth assessment. Their strengths, abilities, interests, types of jobs they are best suited for, and the services required to help them achieve employment success are evaluated.
National Wear Red Day is held on the first Friday in February every year to raise awareness about heart disease in women. This is the 15th year it has been observed, and in that time many changes and advances in women’s heart health have occurred: