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      DeAnn R
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      Hey everyone! I hope your October is going well.

      Here’s my latest vlog. As you know, it’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month [NDEAM]. In this video, I talk about why I think it’s an important topic as well as share my career path with you. I’d love to hear about your journey as well!

      Let’s change the stigma that you can’t have a job and be a productive member of society if you have a disability. I’m living proof that’s not true. We talked about this on another topic, but in case you missed it I’d love to hear about your job experiences.

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      Greg Sealey
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      Yes, you absolutely can have a full and meaningful career while living with a Disability.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>The first key step is to have a strong desire to do so.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Sure, there are more hurdles to cross than most others have to deal with.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>I was fortunate to be able to be mainstreamed most of my grade school years.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>This exposed me to the world and lit a desire in me to participate as much as possible in that new world.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>I am now retired, but worked my whole career in the IT industry after getting my degree in Information Systems Technology.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>The first half of my career was spent in a few small companies as a software engineer.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Then I began working for Home Depot in their IT Department.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>I started as a Software Engineer there as well.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>While working there I also worked on my Masters Degree in IT Management.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>This helped me grow my career into management where I served in the roll as Senior Manager over a group of 30 people responsible for many multi-million dollar projects.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>

      I have found most companies are willing to make accommodations for you in order for you to succeed. This is especially true for Home Depot.<span class=”Apple-converted-space”>  </span>Co-workers are also willing to help whenever needed. <span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>

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