Thinking About Work


What sacrifices might be necessary?

As in many families, with or without disabilities, employment may require the worker and sometimes family members to get up earlier or to go out late at night, to pack meals, to shop differently, to give up some favorite activities that occur during work time. Those who have challenges with substance use, will need to abstain from drugs/alcohol and will need support to do that. Family members may have to help the individual with practical matters such as help managing funds, may provide transportation or teach the worker how to use public transportation. To help promote the development or the improvement of vocational services for their loved ones, families members may give up additional time to advocate with state and local
agencies, since vocational supports for those with psychiatric disabilities are often far behind the need. (Cohen)

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