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    Information Technology skills

    Hello All,

    I'm a new member to this site, and I'm trying to get an idea of how many of you out there have an information technology background. I'm trying to obtain this information because I've set up an LLC called Cutting Edge Technology Group LLC (website: One of the goals over time is to have 75% of all employees be people with some type of disability, and 50% of all employees will be people with obvious disabilities. However, if this is to be achieved I must locate people with the technical skills that I need (otherwise I will have to revise some statements on the site): software developers, DBAs, information security specialists, etc.

    You see, one approach is to go after contracts with the federal government - starting out small and expanding over time. The idea is to increase employment opportunities for all, but especially for people with some type of physical challenge. This business is not a non-profit. It is a for profit business. So, the goal is to make money, but share the wealth.

    I could go on with a long statement about why I'm attempting to do this, but suffice it to say, I think there is a need. So, if you have the skills please respond either privately or through this thread if that is more suitable. I don't really need names at this point - just some type of count. Also, check out the website when you get a chance.

    BTW I have a spinal cord injury also.

    Thanks for giving this some attention.

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    Thanks All. The small response seems to suggest that the IT skills needed by the company just aren't out there. I've inquired of another group and got no one with the needed IT skills. I just thought that having a disability, one would look upon IT an area of employment one would focus on. I guess I'm wrong.

    Again, thanks for your feedback.

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    I am a performance engineer using high-end end-user simulation software. I do develop in C. I currently teach performance testing and this specific tool to two SCI students.

    I have no known disabilities. My spouse's opinion may vary. I am certainly interested in your efforts.
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    Regarding "... starting out small and expanding over time ..." and "... response seems to suggest that the IT skills needed by the company just aren't out there ..." - based upon the initial inquiry, and the scope of the talent in the associated responses, one cannot help but wonder about what was actually being sought via the original post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreaseLightning View Post
    I just thought that having a disability, one would look upon IT an area of employment one would focus on. I guess I'm wrong.

    Ahh yes it an arena of employment where disabled people can build successful careers.

    but we get pigeon holed by well meaning IEP teams (educators,supported employers,parents, therapists) too fast

    alot of my previous education was set up to get me into a computer based role no regard for my goals. the problem with post accident education is it can be give this person equipment/software instead of function.

    If I dont think(meeting with educators to find out) I have the function to presume my dreams of either becoming a vet nurse or an organic horticultural scientist I will most likely end up in a computer based role without all the fancy equipment(toothbrush typing and griping aids work better) my IEP team forced me to use. As someone who will need equipment to preform either of my dream jobs I will have to explain why my choice differs from that of my team but thats ok.

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