"Accessibility" provides new work opportunity
- Profession: Auto apprentice technician
- Gender/Age:Male/25 Years Old
- Involved in a serious motorcycle accident at age 20.
- Sustained T7-T8 injury to his spinal cord (thoracic vertebrae), which resulted in paraplegia.
- Wheelchair-bound and unable to perform duties of occupation.
- Progress made over time and able to drive a modified vehicle adapted for his disability.
- Secured part-time work at the Department of Motor Vehicles as a photo technician, but without opportunities for full-time work or benefits.
- Seeking more productive work, but exhausted options with state agencies.
Guardian’s Disability services in action
- Claimant approached Guardian for return to work assistance.
- Specialist initiated job placement services and a promising opportunity presented itself, but required physical accommodation assistance.
- Onsite work evaluation conducted at employer’s building to assess disability accessibility needs and comply to federally mandated codes (Americans with Disabilities Act).
- Guardian paid and coordinated the construction and installation of a building ramp with handrails.
- Local manufacturing company improved accessibility into the building provided opportunity to work on a mechanical assembly line.
- Specialist ensured smooth transition into new vocation and appropriate work environment to meet claimant’s disability needs.
- Claimant is at or close to full-time employment and has reached a gainful work status.