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    In Sri Lanka most employers are reluctant to employ people in wheelchairs. For one thing almost all buildings are inaccessible. I would like to know how many of you are working full/part time and in what capacity. Also whether the workplace has facilities like ramps and wheelchair accessible toilets and how you travel to work. Thank you.

    #2
    hmmm

    I'd starve if I didn't work.

    Of course, it's a challenge getting in and out of my place. I have to pop a curb every morning. But i manage it.

    I really don't know what I'd do with my life if I didn't have a job, you know? Maybe if I didn't have a real job, I'd run for political office.
    Eric Texley

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      #3
      The world is a lot more accessable than when I started working 30 years ago.I've met so many nice and interesting people.Wheelers can do many jobs if they would just take the plunge.SCI took a lot from me but I've proven that I still have the ability to make meaningful contributions to society.Most of the people on this board can do the same A cure would have been incredible but I'm sure as heck glad I didn't sit around blaming 7 presidents for not curing me!

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        #4
        Originally posted by Sisira
        In Sri Lanka most employers are reluctant to employ people in wheelchairs. For one thing almost all buildings are inaccessible. I would like to know how many of you are working full/part time and in what capacity. Also whether the workplace has facilities like ramps and wheelchair accessible toilets and how you travel to work. Thank you.
        It is the same in Norway. Impossible to get a job and very inaccessible. In my area in Oslo, no public offices are accessible. The same with the shops and the pubs and bars. In an area with 60 000 people it is only one accessible toilet. I have to go far to buy food. And I do not have a car just now and soon the street are full of snow.

        So I don't work even if I want and it is the same for the rest of the SCI people I know in Oslo.
        TH 12, 43 years post

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          #5
          I work at home and I am my own boss.

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            #6
            I work as well, but only part-time at the moment. Even though I am only 10 months post-injury, I think going back to work has helped me in a lot of ways and am going to try to continue working as for as long as I can, while I can. Also, going to work has become easier for me now that I am independant enough to drive myself to and from.

            I think the harderst part about working for me right now is trying to manage my work schedule with doctor appointments, therapy, etc.

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              #7
              i wish i could work.how can i do this when i need assistance 24 h a day?
              i cannot transfer alone ,i cannot cath alone ,i am leaking like hell ,spasms and neuropathic pain as well .i have tryed most of medication to get rid of those symptoms did not work.i am very sad because of this.

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                #8
                Adi Chicago. Very sorry for your troubles and understand some of the frustration, but if you could, what would you have liked to do. Which field I mean, like working with machines, computers or humans etc. Do you have a special field of interest? Well, you could have many which are good; I saw here in one thread of yours you liked reading and reading books from acknowledged writers throughout history. Could this path be something to pursue?

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by woman from Europe
                  So I don't work even if I want and it is the same for the rest of the SCI people I know in Oslo.
                  I’ve told you before, go west

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Leif
                    Adi Chicago. Very sorry for your troubles and understand some of the frustration, but if you could, what would you have liked to do. Which field I mean, like working with machines, computers or humans etc. Do you have a special field of interest? Well, you could have many which are good; I saw here in one thread of yours you liked reading and reading books from acknowledged writers throughout history. Could this path be something to pursue?
                    leif,thanks for your question.
                    i think that i will start to write a book about my life and how i became paralysed.i think that a lot of people after reading my book will be shocked seeing what happend to me .

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Leif
                      I’ve told you before, go west
                      I don't get an accessible house for the next ten years so I have to stay here I don't think any other place want to pay for my assistent either. This appartment is 2,8 mill kr, I don't have more money. They don't make it easy with all the rules from Husbanken and the local authority. "You have to live three years here before we can help you". Stupid
                      TH 12, 43 years post

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                        #12
                        paraplegic - police and fire dispatcher

                        When I was younger I worked at a hospital in a clerical capacity for five years ... I think I started there when I was 21. For the most part, it was accessible. Paid well, benefits too. Might be something to look into - if you can answer a phone and tingle with a computer, you could work their switchboard.
                        Roses are red. Tacos are enjoyable. Don't blame immigrants, because you're unemployable.

                        T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by lynnifer
                          paraplegic - police and fire dispatcher

                          When I was younger I worked at a hospital in a clerical capacity for five years ... I think I started there when I was 21. For the most part, it was accessible. Paid well, benefits too. Might be something to look into - if you can answer a phone and tingle with a computer, you could work their switchboard.
                          lynnifer i still cant control my laughing.
                          i cannot imagine myself working as a police and fire dispatcher.
                          fire and thiefs will prospere with me beeing a dispatcher.c6 c7 quad.
                          no thank you.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by adi chicago
                            leif,thanks for your question.
                            i think that i will start to write a book about my life and how i became paralysed.i think that a lot of people after reading my book will be shocked seeing what happend to me .
                            Friend, I didn’t mean a job on how an how to start writing books on sci as some does, I was more thinking if books in general due to your interest here could be something for you to investigate further an make a job of due to this.
                            Last edited by Leif; 7 Oct 2006, 6:04 PM.

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                              #15
                              is hard to talk about such a buisness or job in our days.
                              most of the people today enjoy tv and internet.
                              are too few who really enjoy to read a good book.
                              i can call this devolution ,not evolution.

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