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    Working, Wanting to Work & Not Working...

    I wanted to ask everyone who's going through life with a spinal cord injury about working. Are people out there working, looking, wanting to work...or just not looking because of different issues like health problems.
    I have a degree and want to work but there are not many jobs in my area that would work for my situation. Like lots of us out there I've had pressure wound problems (like another surgery Sept. 2010), but that's not an issue now.
    Let me know what you think...Kyle.

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    Yes i am working and have been for over 15 years i dont know what i would do if i didnt have a job. I dont mean money wise i mean i would get bored to death without something to do...

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    I am working (although my disability is not a spinal cord injury...but a spinal cord disease) and my husband (who has a spinal cord injury) also works but currently is on a Leave of Absence due to pressure wounds.
    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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    I think between 4 hours a day working out my legs and at least an hour a day in a standing frame and hand cycling to get some Cardiod and keep my shoulder strong and resting between exercises and cleaning the house so my wife can work and cooking and and and on and on, thats enough for now. But some day it would be nice.
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    I work as much as possible, but just staying alive and feeding myself seems to be a full time job with a lot of overtime hours. If I were able to sleep, I think I'd be 300% more efficient, and get a hell of a lot more done.
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    dont work, wanted too, but it just didnt work.

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    Best employer of this great Nation. Apply.

    Job Title:
    Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Sub Agency:U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration, NASA Wide, Various Locations
    Job Announcement Number:NA11N0006


    $17,893.00 to $140,300.00 / Per Year OPEN PERIOD:

    Tuesday, February 01, 2011 to Tuesday, October 02, 2012 SERIES & GRADE:


    Multiple Appointment Types - Multiple Durations

    Many vacancy(s) - Throughout the Nation

    This announcement is open to U.S. citizens with disabilities.

    NASA, the world's leader in space exploration and aeronautics, has been recognized as one of the best places to work in the Federal government. At NASA, employees work together on projects that break the boundaries of human knowledge. If you want to work in an environment where every member of the team is valued, where imagination is welcomed, and where innovation is a way of life - NASA has what you're looking for!
    If you are an individual with a disability or disabilities, you may be eligible to apply for NASA positions even when there are no current vacancies or open announcements. The "Qualifications and Evaluation" tab of this announcement provides more information on eligibility.

    If you apply to this announcement, you may be referred to positions for which you qualify if such positions are available within 90 days of your application. If you wish to receive further consideration, you must resubmit your application.

    Use this notice to submit your resume to NASA for vacancies. You will be considered for appropriate vacancies in locations and at grades in which you express interest.

    This announcement does not guarantee vacancies in specific jobs, grades, or locations. To maximize your employment opportunities, we strongly encourage you to apply for specific vacancies as they occur on USAJOBS


    NASA uses the USAJobs resume as the basic application document. NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of about six typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters (including spaces). You cannot complete the application process if your USAJobs resume is too long. More information about the NASA application process is also available under the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.

    • Position may require a pre-employment drug test
    • Position may require pre-employment background investigation
    • U.S. citizenship is required


    Back to top The duties will depend upon the specific positions for which you are considered.

    For more information on NASA Career Opportunities, check out our What We Do site.


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    To apply under this announcement, you must be an individual with a disability or disabilities.

    If you are offered a position, you must be able to provide certification that you have a severe disability, are eligible for Schedule A appointment, and are able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. The certification may be documented in one of the following ways:

    1) By a counselor at either a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
    2) By a statement or letter on a physician's or medical professional's letterhead stationery from a licensed physician or medical professional certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine; OR
    3) By a statement, records, or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits, such as the Social Security Administration.

    If you would like more information on your rights as an individual with a disability, consult the Federal Employment of People with Disabilities website at: Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
    Qualification requirements depend on the job being filled. You may review the qualification requirements at the following website: Qualification Standards

    Many NASA positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements.

    NASA determines qualifications based solely on information provided in your resume. We do not accept separate qualification statements, so we encourage you to ensure that your resume fully reflects your background and competencies.

    Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position being filled. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume.


    Back to top NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.

    Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

    Any applicant tentatively selected may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

    As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

    Any applicant tentatively selected may be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to appointment and may be subject to random drug tests.


    Back to top This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the "Apply Online" link.

    In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents that you are allowed to attach through USAJOBS.

    Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application.

    You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

    If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

    If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.

    All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.


    NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide.

    Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or certification of disability and Schedule A eligibility. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.


    NASA Recruitment at

    Agency Information:
    NASA's Resume Operations Center
    Mailstop: HS50
    Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


    If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the Selecting Official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the Selecting Official.

    For a list of NASA Selective Placement Progam Coordinators, go to: Selective Placement Program Coordinators
    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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    I know where you're all coming from....many of us would like to work but at different times there are roadblocks.

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    7% of workforces be people with disabilities.

    News Release

    OFCCP News Release: [12/08/2011]
    Contact Name: Laura McGinnis or Mike Trupo
    Phone Number: (202) 693-4653 or x6588
    Release Number: 11-1614-NAT

    US Labor Department seeks to improve job opportunities for Americans with disabilities by setting historic hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities, among other requirements. The department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs invites public comment on this proposal, which will be published in the Dec. 9 edition of the Federal Register.

    OFCCP's proposed rule would strengthen the affirmative action requirements established in Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 obligating federal contractors and subcontractors to ensure equal employment opportunities for qualified workers with disabilities. The proposed regulatory changes detail specific actions contractors must take in the areas of recruitment, training, record keeping and policy dissemination — similar to those that have long been required to promote workplace equality for women and minorities. In addition, the rule would clarify OFCCP's expectations for contractors by providing specific guidance on how to comply with the law.

    "This proposed rule represents one of the most significant advances in protecting the civil rights of workers with disabilities since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "President Obama has demonstrated a commitment to people with disabilities. This proposed rule would help federal contractors better fulfill their legal responsibility to hire qualified workers with disabilities."

    Although Section 503 regulations have been in place for decades, the current unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 13 percent, 1 1/2 times the rate of those without disabilities. Even more discouraging, data published last week by the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics show stark disparities facing working-age individuals with disabilities, with 79.2 percent outside the labor force altogether, compared to 30.5 percent of those without disabilities.

    "For nearly 40 years, the rules have said that contractors simply need to make a 'good faith' effort to recruit and hire people with disabilities. Clearly, that's not working," said OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu. "Our proposal would define specific goals, require real accountability and provide the clearest possible guidance for employers seeking to comply with the law. What gets measured gets done. And we're in the business of getting things done."

    Establishing a 7 percent hiring goal for the employment of individuals with disabilities would be a tool for contractors to measure the effectiveness of their affirmative action efforts and thereby inform their decision-making. The proposed rule also would enhance data collection and record-keeping requirements — including for documentation and processing of requests for reasonable accommodation — in order to improve accountability. Additionally, it would ensure annual self-reviews of employers' recruitment and outreach efforts, and add a new requirement for contractors to list job openings to increase their pools of qualified applicants.

    To read the notice of proposed rulemaking or submit a comment, visit the federal e-rulemaking portal at Comments also can be submitted by mail to Debra Carr, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, U.S. Department of Labor, Room C-3325, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20210. All comments must be received by Feb. 7, 2012, and should include identification number (RIN) 1250-AA02.

    In addition to Section 503, OFCCP enforces Executive Order 11246 and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. As amended, these three laws require those who do business with the federal government, both contractors and subcontractors, to follow the fair and reasonable standard that they take affirmative action and not discriminate in employment on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. For general information, call OFCCP's toll-free helpline at 800-397-6251 or visit its website at
    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

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    I've continued to work after injury for five years so far.

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