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    #16
    I'm T8 para, with a job in computer architecture and engineering. I've been doing this work for over a decade, but was only injured six months ago. I kept my laptop in the rehab hospital and started working again only two weeks post injury. I wasn't working full-time then but had to keep up with email and critical issues at work, probably 10-15 hours a week.

    Now I'm working full time but mostly from home. I do need to start getting in to the office on a more regular basis, but I will probably still work from home 2-3 days a week for some time.

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      #17
      hi there

      I'm c4-c5 in surgery report, Frankel B and I was 23 years old when my injury changed my life.

      I was student in a computer engineer faculty. I don't move any finger and I'm not independent(i can't make transfer, from bed w/c )

      now I'm 27 years old (4 years with injury) and I'm working as a software engineer in a computer vision company. I had also a part job as a webdeveloper (1 year).

      I'm typing using some sticks.

      I've read somewhere that a boy with c4/c5 injury from Australia it's playing on stock market. In my opinion it's very important to do what u like best and in our days, using a computer and a internet connection it's much more easy to work than 10-15 years ago. Somehow we are lucky.

      I know that are some carer advisers (some psychologist with special questionnaires ) and they correlate your test results with job types. I don;t know which jobs are possible for quads.

      I think is a good idea for cc ppl to start make a table with possible jobs/injury-type. Do you have/know any link about that?

      PM if you think I can help u somehow. sorry my bad English.

      PS: I think we all know Stephen Hawking
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        #18
        inc c4/5 20 yrs post july 27th. been working since graduating from college. im a loan officer and stock broker. only had 2 jobs. i found it very easy to get employed.

        whoever mentioned ins. going from moms to an employers group plan is easy. as long as no gap they cant hit u w/ prexisting. u pay the same as any other 30 yo male
        Bike-on.com rep
        John@bike-on.com
        c4/5 inc funtioning c6. 28 yrs post.
        sponsored handcycle racer

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          #19
          How long have you been paralyzed? 6 years
          How old were you when you became paralyzed? 23
          What level are you? C5
          What did you do before your paralysis? undergrad student
          Do you receive any kind of disability payment? I did, but not after I got my job.

          I went to grad school after I was injured. I'm now a full time instructor and working on my doctorate.

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            #20
            5 years post, para level. Worked at the phone company in a field position pre-injury. Then took a year off on short term disability. Went back to work doing an inside position I used to do in the same group at the phone company.

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              #21
              How long have you been paralyzed? 14 years

              How old were you when you became paralyzed? 16

              What level are you? C6/7

              What did you do before your paralysis? annoying teenager like most

              Do you receive any kind of disability payment? This month is probably the last SSI check I will recieve

              I start my job tomorrow, I found job hunting in general hard but there are people I graduated with 2 months ago still unemployed and are searching just as hard as I did.
              www.cawvsports.org
              The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same. ~ Don Juan Matus
              We are Virginia Tech… We must laugh again… No one deserves a tragedy… We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid…We are better than we think and not quit what we want to be…We are the Hokies…We will prevail, we will prevail, we will prevail. We ARE Virginia Tech! ~ Nikki Giovanni

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                #22
                Originally posted by Aly
                How long have you been paralyzed? 14 years

                How old were you when you became paralyzed? 16

                What level are you? C6/7

                What did you do before your paralysis? annoying teenager like most

                Do you receive any kind of disability payment? This month is probably the last SSI check I will recieve

                I start my job tomorrow, I found job hunting in general hard but there are people I graduated with 2 months ago still unemployed and are searching just as hard as I did.
                aly are you complete or incomplete?

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                  #23
                  Am presently unemployed but looking into working from home to supplement my disability pension. Am planning to take a bunch of computer courses (web design, internet marketing, programming etc in order to become more savvy at running my own homebased business.
                  Step up, stand up for:
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                  'He not busy being born is busy dying." <Bob Dylan>

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                    #24
                    It's been a long time since I started this thread so let me tell you what the plans are now and what's going on. I'm going through vocational rehab right now and plan on pursuing either an associate degree in CAD, or a bachelors in mechanical or automotive engineering. I've already got an Associates degree in automotive technologies, specifically on Fords, but it's all in vehicle repair (except for my English and communication classes) so it doesn't do me any good without use of my fingers(although I can still diagnose problems). I'm leaning more towards mechanical engineering because I truly enjoy figuring out how to make things better or figure out what's wrong with them, and I have all sorts of ideas for different things and quickly come up with ideas to solve problems, mostly mechanical, but that will take me four years to get versus the 1 1/2 years it would take to get my associates in CAD, although the starting salary for engineering is $20,000 a year more. I've taken a vocational evaluation to determine what I'd be best at and scored very high in mechanical, spatial, and mathematic ability which works well for either CAD or engineering. They suggested I get it direct placement job as a math tutor which I'll be happy to do after I get surgery to heal the sore on my sacrum. Meanwhile, I'm looking for something to do from home. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.
                    C-5/6, 7-9-2000
                    Scottsdale, AZ

                    Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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                      #25
                      How long have you been paralyzed? 17 3/4 years

                      How old were you when you became paralyzed? 20. I'm 37 now.

                      What level are you? C-6

                      What did you do before your paralysis? Full-time college student (Junior college/art then liberal arts), worked part-time washing FedEx trucks, and also worked part-time at The Flyer (weekly advertising mailer) working on the negatives, photographing the pages for print, doing some paste-up and design.

                      Do you receive any kind of disability payment? No. I did after my accident and while in college. I had worked enough in my teens to qualify for SSDI.

                      I went on the the University of South Florida I got two Bachelor's degrees: Fine Art (focus on drawing) and Art Education (teaching art to grades K-12) with the financial help of Vocational Rehab. I could have gotten a job teaching right after college (age 26)--was offered during my internship--but chose to pursue freelance art and design, and while doing that I did some substitute teaching and some dispatching (hated that) to make extra money. I was offered a job as a Web Designer (age 27) in New York and moved up there from Tampa. About 5 years later, I moved back to Florida for the warm weather, and I was freelancing in graphic design. I still work from home, freelancing as a graphic designer, and 99% of my work now is lettering comicbooks.

                      I don't know if any of that helps you, rybread, but you should definitely talk to Vocational Rehab there in Arizona, if you haven't already. They can help you train in CAD or another field, and can sometimes pay for computer equipment and software. It varies by state.

                      Insurance: When I started my web design job in New York, I was on Medicare, and I was able to get on the company's Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan with no questions asked. But that's not always the case. I kept Medicare going while working there. You can never have too much healthcare insurance.
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                        #26
                        Originally posted by rybread
                        It's been a long time since I started this thread so let me tell you what the plans are now and what's going on. I'm going through vocational rehab right now and plan on pursuing either an associate degree in CAD, or a bachelors in mechanical or automotive engineering. . . .
                        You posted as I was typing. Good to here, dude! Good luck with it all!

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                          #27
                          i'm c4-5 . used to be a gymnast in my teens and early 20's and also a professional dancer and dance instructor ( flamenco [dance from spain] and ballet ) . have been paralyzed for 4 years and now a days i work as an agent for www.accessibleproperties.net and also volunteer .

                          hugs, lola
                          "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" ~ edmund burker

                          c4-5 quad

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                            #28
                            How long have you been paralyzed? 5.5 years
                            How old were you when you became paralyzed? 45
                            What level are you? T-5
                            What did you do before your paralysis? Environmental Engineer
                            Do you receive any kind of disability payment? Yes, SSDI and private income supplemental payment.

                            Went back to college, got my Master's as a Counselor/Therpaist, employment was easy to locate, recently promoted to a Program Director of a Mental Health facility.

                            Should be off SSDI in October of 07.

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                              #29
                              I'd love to have an occupation; but unless I'm paid well or feel I'm making a lasting impression on the world, there is little incentive for me to exert myself.

                              SCI constantly reminds me of death and how fragile and temporary life is. Oftentimes, I wonder why learn all these things only to inevitably die. Add to the extra effort SCI puts on oneself to do even the mundane, it all seems worthless at times.

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                                #30
                                Will never have a corrupt global warming job again, like driving a car to work, or flying each week producing a lot of greenhouse gases hurting our common societies, thus I stopped doing so, like most AB wannabies also should do. This because our environment is in distress, thus only the ones really needing a job should work. The rest should stay calm.

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