This story is about a 45-year-old female who participated in The Counseling Center’s Employment Services program this year. Upon entering the program, she faced multiple barriers to employment, such as struggling with mental health challenges as well as different physical disabilities that limit her ability to stand for more than a few hours at a time without enduring pain. Her job coach assisted her with building her resume and cover letter and helped her to communicate and initiate a job interview with a local employer. She was soon offered the position. The client was operating a cash register but was asked to start working one extra day per week and instead of a four-hour shift the employer asked the client to work an eight-hour shift on the extra day. The client informed her Job Coach that she cannot stand that long, as the four-hour shifts were already causing her a lot of pain by the end of her shift. At the client’s request, her Job Coach called the employer to make a Reasonable Accommodation Request. The client and job coach asked the employer to allow the client to keep a chair at her register that the client could sit in when her body needed a break and to allow her to operate the register from the chair. The employer agreed and provided the client with the needed chair. This accommodation helped the client to meet both the needs of the employer and her needs. She has maintained successful employment for over three months and has shown remarkable growth and improved independence. We are grateful for United Way’s contributions that make success stories like this possible!

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