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Kennysha Johnson

My circumstances make my chances of getting a job very slim. Since my high school graduation, I have not found a job opportunity that works for me. My dream job is to just have a job that provides me an opportunity and does not discriminate.kennysha article.cmyk

For starters, I do not have a driver license. This means I need to ride the bus. I have issues getting to places, as the bus is not reliable and its unreliability makes it hard to achieve the punctuality I need to hold a job. I also need employment that does not alter my social security benefits. The benefits prevent me from working more than twenty hours a week, for risk of losing them.

I’m also not able to access traditional work agencies due to eligibility issues. I am only allowed to use the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and the Disabilities Administration (DDA). Unfortunately, my experiences working with the DVR and DDA have not been good. Both denied me and suggested that I get a job coach. The problem with that is I am required to do a lot of tests before getting help to get a job.

I have been job searching myself for a long time. Every day that I wake up, I try to get a job that would keep me busy for 20 hours a week. This process of searching and failing has discouraged me. I am depressed. I feel that I can’t make anyone happy. People continue to close the door in my face. I feel like I don’t exist.

I believe I experience discrimination when hiring managers see me. They proceed to make me feel that I do not have the knowledge or value to provide to society. I have many good skills that I can bring to the workplace. I have good leadership qualities, communication skills, and I am a team player. Most importantly I am reliable.

"Life is hard when you have
a disability, but even harder
when you’re also an
African American."

An ideal society would be one that practices equity. I have been bullied in school for my disability and treated poorly by others outside of it. Society’s views on people with disabilities also were the cause of my homelessness. Life is hard when you have a disability, but even harder when you’re also an African American. When I walk outside, I see the police stop people of color and lock them up. I don’t think I will ever feel safe or positive when it comes to police. They are supposed to be the ones protecting me. I feel like all aspects of society are against me, as both an African American and a person with disabilities. I don’t like it; it is not a good feeling. Whatever happened to treating others how you want to be treated?

Society is not equal enough for those with special needs. Only a few people with disabilities can have a job. It’s limited. Our society does not have the patience; wanting people with disabilities to sit at home all day. But I don’t want to sit at home all day! There is a need to have more opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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