What’s an invisible disability?

MarciaDrummondPic.JPEGWithin October, Disability Employment Awareness month, we mark Invisible Disability Week 2015, which runs Sunday, October 18 – Saturday, October 24.

According to Wayne Connell, Founder and President of Invisible Disabilities Association (IDA) “the term invisible disabilities refers to the invisible symptoms such as debilitating pain, fatigue, dizziness, cognitive dysfunctions, brain injuries, learning differences and mental health disorders, as well as hearing and vision impairments. These are not always obvious to the onlooker, but are very real to the person living with them as they may impact daily activities and range from mild challenges to severe limitations and vary from person to person.”

For 100 years, Goodwill NYNJ has help find work for individuals with all types of disabilities, including invisible disabilities. GoodTemps, our temporary staffing agency, placed Marcia Drummond in a clerical position with the Westchester County Council in late 2013.

Before coming to Goodwill, Marcia went on many interviews but believes that she never got a call back after disclosing her medical condition, which was not evident. She was diagnosed with severe kidney disease when she reached adulthood and currently receives dialysis treatment three times a week.

Today, Marcia volunteers in her church hoping to help others in need. She firmly believes “it doesn’t matter where your life takes you or how severe the challenges, you can always do something to help others.”

If you would like to join GoodTemps, please submit your resume via:

Email: staffing@goodwillny.org
Fax: (212) 986-3008
Website: GoodTemps.org and Become a GoodTemp by pressing the “green button, then follow instructions to submit your resume there.

All resumes must include an email address.

Resumes may also be submitted in person Monday-Friday, 9am-11am and 1pm-3pm. Please bring a photo ID, Social Security card, and resume, if applying in person. You may be interviewed or tested on your computer skills (if applicable). Please dress in business attire.

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