Our school is doing a pilot program to train 5 persons with physical disabilities so not only can they learn from a distance, they can also get legitimately hired to work from home. This will save them the enormous burden of traveling to and from school, and to and from work.
Consider some of these stats.
People with disabilities are:
• 3.7 times as likely as the general population to be diagnosed with depression
• Suffering from unemployment at the highest levels in 7 years
• 4 times more likely to attempt suicide.
In addition, people with disabilities had significantly lower self-esteem, and greater social isolation than people without disabilities, as well as significantly less education, more overprotection during childhood, poorer quality of intimate relationships, and lower rates of salaried employment.
We need your help to change this. This successful program will lead to much larger grants to help many more people with these challenges. Plus, we will be hiring two or more persons with disabilities to assist with the program.
Three candidates are in place right now and we are reviewing applications to fill the remaining two slots and to hire the assistants:
Charlie Collins vision is 20/500 and he is the most upbeat, can-do, person I've ever met. I saw a picture of his yard and somehow he cut it better than I cut mine :)
Robbie Messerschmitt is a teacher out of the classroom because of underlying medical conditions related to covid including Ankylosing Spondylitis that impacts her spine, pelvis, knees, and shoulders. Osteoporosis where her bones become brittle, and Arthritis which causes painful inflammation and stiffness in her joints.
How does her day start out? She told me, “Mornings are difficult to get out of bed. I am stiff as a board. My ankles or knees will sometimes buckle as they do not always support my weight. I am hunched over and I have to steady myself in order to take a step forward.”
She also told me, "Retirement is not in my vocabulary."
To me, she's a very inspiring woman!
Ed Borowiec has a resume that would make most of us jealous. Then diabetes struck. He told me his left foot hurts so bad now that he rarely leaves the house and is forced to use a walker.
His family built him a man cave to work from (pictured below).
He took a bad fall and called me from the emergency room at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz, CA. He had hit his head and busted up his knees. Lucky there was no permanent damage and he is recovering nicely.
All five participants will be trained in Internet and Digital Marketing techniques that are in high demand by pretty much every business on earth. The school has students earning a living and many starting their own businesses long before they graduate.
The bottom line is we are going to train 5 in-need people, with in-demand skills, in six months to a year for less than the cost of one year for one person at a traditional 4-year college.
If, with your help, we are able to beat our fundraising goal, we will use the money to add additional students with physical disabilities to the program.
Your contribution, large or small, will help to totally transform the lives of these individuals. You should be very proud of yourself for helping out.
The training will be delivered by The Internet Marketing Training Center of Virginia, certified to operate by SCHEV The State Council on Higher Education in Virginia.
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