Richard Bolles & Dale Brown have given us a delightful book for individuals with special needs. Job hunting for this population is a frightening arena, filled with feelings of inadequacy and doubts about how to stress the positives. In Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped, the authors have provided 6 well-designed chapters that deal with (1) background information--A Short Course on Disabilities for Those of Us Who Do Not (Yet) Have a Disability; (2) the law: (ADA) Americans with Disabilities Act: What it can do--and what it cannot do; (3) the in's and out's of Job-Hunting and People with Disabilities; (4) the Fears an Employer Has When Inteviewing People with Disabilities and How You Can Persuade Them That You Are Qualified; (5) Overcoming Your Own Fears And Avoiding Self-Sabotage; and (6) Eight Reasons for Hope That Are Important To Those Of Us With Disabilities (As well As To Our Would-Be Employers, Counselors, Friends and Families).
In addition, we are given 3 appendices that include a wealth of information on Handling Special Situations, Organizations and Resources, and a List of Written Resources.
I especially appreciate seeing a "p.s. to Employers" at the very end of the book. It is a warm and honest appeal to an employer to be aware, sensitive, and wise when working with a person with special needs. They explore the need to find the delicate balance between caring and knowing how to treat such individuals as "normal." It's a rare opportunity to reach the "other side of the desk," and I believe that Bolles and Brown demonstrated pure genius to think of including that!
For many individuals with disabilities, ONE MORE BOOK given to them prior to the job hunt can be an overload. But, presenting them with this delightful and informative gift can make the difference between feeling hopeful--leading to success, or feeling defeated. This is a wonderful treasure!