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Drew Haubrich has Epilepsy and a successful career as a software developer/engineer. He recently shared his story with AbilityLinks.
What was it like growing up with Epilepsy?
When I was younger there was a point in time where I could not get my mind off the struggles of my disease. I would have 10-12 seizures a month.
Those seizures would wipe away my entire recent memory, meaning the last 24 hours. Because of this, I would constantly wonder if I would ever get better each time a symptom or seizure would strike.
I had a Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) implant, a device that sends regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain to control seizures. It didn’t help at first, Mr. Haubrich said.
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Since passage of the ADA access to public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications has improved. For example, it’s easier to go to restaurants, retail and grocery stores, use phones, technology, and public transit.
At the same time, despite passage of the ADA, workplace disability inclusion has lagged behind. Recent changes to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, are intended to increase workplace disability inclusion. These changes put in place hiring goals and voluntary self-identification of disability to measure disability inclusion.
Congratulations AbilityLinks Information and Referral Counselor Bill O’Connor for being named to the 2018 Fellows Class of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership!
The mission of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, now three years old, is to build a pipeline and network of leaders with disabilities who are deeply engaged in the civic life of the Chicago region and advancing in their careers — consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“Although people with disabilities are our neighbors, co-workers, classmates, family and friends, they rarely play a visible leadership role at tables of power and influence in Chicago,” says Emily Harris, Executive Director of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership.
In 2007 the US Marines contracted John Kennedy to develop a non-digital neuroplastic training program to improve all warfighting skills in order to reduce casualties in combat. By physically changing the brain in areas critical to focus and accelerating cognition all areas of performance are improved. Not only have military personnel seen improvement through Combat Brain Training but athletes, business people, students and people with disabilities have as well.
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