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  • Why doesn't a "Work/Employment" forum exist?

    I notice that a lot of subjects come up from periodically regarding issues in the workplace and was wondering why a work/employment forum doesn't exist. I am sure there are just as many people here who want to work as there are working, and are just unsure or as to what to expect within the workplace coming back with an SCI. Questions regarding employment issues usually appear in the "Life" forum and while work is a part of life, life certainly shouldn't evolve around work. Is there just not a desire or need for one? I'm just asking....
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    Yes, I think it would be a great benefit for members.
    88.31%
    136
    No, most CC members, like myself, don't want to work.
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    Maybe, if working persons provide their input.
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    Grrreeeaaat idea wheelie! ...include education...ssi/ssdi...etc. all in one~
    "I want to make a difference! However small it may be~ as long as it's a positive one, then this is what my life will have been about and I will go knowing I did my best.~ T.

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    • #3
      Excellent idea, imo. Work/SSDI/SSI forum.

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      • #4
        Another vote for a work forum

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Wheelieboy
          I am sure there are just as many people here who want to work as there are working
          That's not the impression I get.

          C.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tiger Racing
            That's not the impression I get.

            C.
            If I may be so inquisitive to ask, how are you employed?

            B.
            "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." - Philo of Alexandria

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tiger Racing
              That's not the impression I get.

              C.
              'Cause you've got a great bead on how nearly 15,000 registered members feel & act...


              Anyways back to topic, I also like the idea of a work forum, but I would make it a work/education forum (& SSDI). Education is key for many people to get back into a job post sci, especially those who were craftsmen/tradesmen/skilled labor. I have a friend who's a steamfitter, who just incurred a c4-c6 injury, he won't be returning to any construction sites in his previous capacity any time soon
              "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
              Winston Churchill

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tiger Racing
                That's not the impression I get.

                C.
                Well that's rather snitty of you isn't it?

                Back to topic, I think a work forum is a great idea.
                Wife of Chad (C4/5 since 1988), mom of a great teenager

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tiger Racing
                  That's not the impression I get.

                  C.
                  Well, let's put it to a poll. Tiger, I don't think you are correct in your impression as the subject has come up numerous times on this board and many people have had lots of questions about how returning to work, dealing with accomodations in the workplace, managing the SSI/SSDI piece, how to proceed in the application interview/process etc.

                  I just think these subjects would be much easier to address if they were consolidated in one area.

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                  • #10
                    Me too. After SCI, I went from 30$ a month in the NH, utilized BVR (DVR), college, got job, and off the system. It's a VERY complex thing when SSDI, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid, etc are involved and we all can learn from each other.

                    Good idea Wheelieboy! We may not always explain things correctly because our situations are all unique, but at least it gets the lights turned on.

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                    • #11
                      I like it! Getting back to work is complicated and the fear of losing essential services in the process can be daunting.

                      I think a lot of people would like to work but don't know how to go about without being penalized by the system.
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                      • #12
                        'Cause you've got a great bead on how nearly 15,000 registered members feel & act...
                        lol

                        I think it's a good idea. I've struggled with some of this myself having to go back to work so quickly due to my situation. Including higher education would be great also.
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                        • #13
                          Tiger, was that meant as shitty as it sounded??? It really sounded like you were passing judgment on a large number of people, implying that we are by and large an unmotivated lot.

                          I hope that we are misreading the superior judgmental tone. We can't all be paraplegic race car drivers, right?

                          I hate to suggest another forum but I agree this info is essential to our community especially. We are blessed with a lot of experienced members and their knowledge could really help.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by betheny
                            Tiger, was that meant as shitty as it sounded??? It really sounded like you were passing judgment on a large number of people, implying that we are by and large an unmotivated lot.

                            I hope that we are misreading the superior judgmental tone. We can't all be paraplegic race car drivers, right?

                            I hate to suggest another forum but I agree this info is essential to our community especially. We are blessed with a lot of experienced members and their knowledge could really help.
                            you made dietcoke come out of my nose ...thanks for the giggle

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                            • #15
                              I think it's a great idea for a Forum. I've been working since I was 18 as a part time job in school. Yes I was in my chair then. Have been since I was 5. By the way I'm 45 now. I believe work is very fullfilling and gives you a purpose in life. Everyone is different though and in different situations at different times in their lives so we sahould'nt either laud or condemn people for the choices they make after SCI. It really sucks to have suffered from an SCI and we all cope in different ways and I think that's OK. Being in the chair most of my life may have motivated me to overcome my disability more than somedone injured later in life.

                              I do feel that Tiger's post was inappropriate but have noticed she is pretty open with her opinions.

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