Accessibility Summit

I’m going to the Accessibility Summit tomorrow. http://mbctysons.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=95386

They’ll have 3 tracks: one for providers, one for ministry leaders/members and one for family members/caregivers. Anyone can attend any of the sessions but it’s good to know that not all of the sessions will be faith-based (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

I’ll be there armed with my “one-page summary” where I list my skills, experience, and what I want to do and where I want to work. I plan to distribute it as a networking tool, in lieu of my resume. Hopefully, I’ll make some good contacts. Wish me luck!

Hello World-My First Attempt at a Blog

I’m documenting my journey of going from a volunteer parent advocate for my son to a full-time, paid professional within the disability field. I’ve been working on networking and revising, and re-revising, my resume. I’ve been trying social networking, namely LinkedIn and Facebook, to a lesser degree.

In addition, I’ve been completing online courses to update and refine job skills. One key skill is grant-writing. I know how to write grants from my experience as a research associate at the Uniformed Services University but it never helps to refresh my memory. Here are some webinars I’ve recently completed:

Foundation Center Webinars Completed: http://grantspace.org/
1. Grantseeking Basics
2. Introduction to Finding Funders

Also, I’m very interested in learning more about disability law. I found a great website:http://adaptiveenvironments.org/neada/site/home

This is not the most exciting blog right now but hopefully it will evolve into something more useful that other family advocates and self-advocates can use to learn about becoming a professional in the disability field.

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