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Thread: Para Work Status - full time, part time, disability?

  1. #51
    C7 injured at 19, 28 years post, working FT for 22 years in a competitive line of work. I would like to work as long as possible. Work is a blessing!

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    • 16 at the time of injury and 30 now
    • I missed a year of highschool, did online schooling to catch up on my junior year as well as some senior year classes. Returned to highschool to graduate normally in 2006 (a year later than what I was supposed to). Started out pursuing a 4 year degree, but after only going part time for 2 years and not really putting a dent into the required courses I switched focus and pursued an Associate degree in Computer Information Systems in 2008. I graduated in December of 2010, started my first job in January of 2011. Worked full time ever since.
    • C5 complete
    • Started out as Tier 3 Technical Support at a cable company called Spectrum (formally known as Brighthouse Networks). Got promoted to Team Lead in January of this year.
    • Only made $650 a month on SSDI prior to getting a job. Wanted to live as normal as I could so I went to college, got a full-time job that made significantly more than $650 a month with great insurance. Going on 7 years with the company!

  3. #53
    Amazon hires people to do customer service from your home, need a computer and a phone. You can set your own available hours.

  4. #54
    I have T11 paraplegia since 1987. I was in college at the time and went back and got a bachelor's degree in 1992. From 1994-2016 I worked from home as a medical transcriptionist and made pretty good money but due to technology/sending work overseas the income became quite low starting in 2009. From 2014-2016 I made preparations to become a certified tumor registrar - a certificate (you need an associate's degree if you don't already have a bachelor's) in cancer registry management from a community college on-line program - I paid for some of it myself, some assistance from my state's vocational rehab, and a $500 scholarship from the college. Part of the curriculum involved some hours doing a practicum at a hospital with a cancer registry department. Then I had to pass a certifying exam to earn the CTR credential. This is an in demand job and it was not difficult to find one in the field. In fact, I have two. I was not planning on working at home, I was going to move where a job was, but hospitals are starting to offer more remote positions in this field as it can be difficult to find a qualified person in their area. I do both of my jobs from home. I have to keep up with continuing education requirements. Sometimes there's an opportunity to travel for a conference.

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