Spinal Network's mission is to support the employment and education of individuals with spinal cord injuries/diagnoses by providing the tools and community support to be successful in their work and personal lives.
Spinal Network is dedicated to providing pathways for success by connecting individuals that have a spinal cord injury/diagnosis with employment and/or educational resources necessary to achieve their individual goals.
What is the greatest influence in one gaining independence? Employment! Regardless of whether a person has a disability or not. However, the opportunities for employment for an individual with a disability are far less than that of their able-bodied counterpart. The unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 8.0 percent in 2018, more than twice the rate of those with no disability, 3.7 percent. (*Unemployed persons are those who did not have a job, were available for work, and were actively looking for a job).
Becoming gainfully employed can be such a game changer, you move off of the system and move into the role of taxpayer, paying back into the same system that helped you during your period of transition. When you return to work your self-image is raised, your self-confidence is raised, your independence is raised. How can this not be a game changer. Many will then look back and realize all of the pieces of the puzzle that helped them reach their goal and want to give back, helping others move along their journey to independence by becoming a peer mentor.
Nobody wants to go through the trauma of a spinal cord injury or spinal disease but if it does happen it's nice to know that there is a vast support system there that will have your back, the rehab professional, the county agencies and the organizations that work hard at trying to connect the dots so you don't have to spend all of that time wondering where to find the assistance that you need.
Studies confirm that hiring a person with a disability is a smart move, so let's work together to make it happen.