Image of the Cerebral Palsy green ribbonBecause March is Cerebral Palsy (CP) Awareness Month, we take a look at job accommodations that can help people with CP find success in the workplace. We also talk about Shileta, an individual with CP who found work and success using the Ticket to Work program.

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Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Mar 9, 2017

Green Ribbon for Cerebral Palsy AwarenessMarch is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month! Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a permanent condition that affects movement, balance and posture. It can range from mild to severe and can affect vision, speech and other functions.

Although it is the most common motor disability in childhood, CP is still widely misunderstood because it is so complex. Non-profit organizations around the world have responded by partnering to raise awareness of CP and to help people look beyond the disability.

Meet Shileta!

In honor of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, we introduce you to Shileta. Shileta is a Ticket to Work (Ticket) program participant with CP who has made a career out of guiding other young people with disabilities through self-discovery and life planning. With help from the Ticket program and mentors in her own life, Shileta was able to connect her passion for mentoring with a rewarding career. Read her success story today!

Accommodations for People with CP

Job seekers with CP can succeed with the right supports, such as mentors, training and education, and reasonable workplace accommodations. Reasonable accommodations are changes to a job, workplace or work process that help you perform required tasks in your role. You can talk with your employer about changes that will help ensure your success on the job.

Check out the Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Cerebral Palsy (CP) from the Job Accommodation Network to learn more about workplace supports for employees with CP.

As you explore work, you may have questions about performing certain job duties or tasks. To make sure your needs are met, think about these important questions to ask yourself and employers:

  • Can I telecommute?
  • Is it possible to take additional breaks?
  • Can the job requirements be changed to accommodate tasks I can’t perform?
  • Can the current workstation or workspace be modified?
  • Is the required technology available to perform the job?

The Ticket program has a variety of service providers that can help you consider these questions. Visit the Find Help tool to search for a service provider today.

About Ticket to Work

Shileta used the Ticket program to find success at work and so can you!

Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. It helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.

Learn More

To learn more about CP, check out United Cerebral Palsy. Explore information about CP and find resources about health and wellness, assistive technology and more. 

To learn more about the Ticket program, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work. You can also call the Ticket to Work Help Line at 866-968-7842 or 866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket program Find Help tool.