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April 06th 2010:Professionals with significant disabilities: balancing health, caregiving and career

Dan Thompson and Dr. JR Harding are successful professionals. Both have significant disabilities. For them, balancing health, caregiving and career is their continuing challenge. They describe how they overcome it, day by day, hour by hour. They explain what a significant disability is and what it means to them personally. They talk about their professional lives, how they work, and how their work helps others with significant disabilities. What got them started in their careers? What things gave them the greatest challenges? What things now give them the most job satifaction, and why these

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Dan Thompson

Dan Thompson’s life altered in 1980 following a car accident which left him with quadriplegia. He founded the London & District Sports Association, played wheelchair rugby, and coached the Ontario Wheelchair Rugby Team, Canadian Championship winner. He became Disabilities Initiative Job Broker for the Ontario Government. He co-founded Kolvox Co., developer of voice recognition software for disabled workers. In 1996 he became a Registered Rehabilitation Professional; in 2006, a Registered Vocational Professional. In 2008, he graduated as a Life Care Planner with highest honours from Capitol University’s Law School's Certification Program. With his own company, DeeGee Rehabilitation Technologi
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Dr. J R Harding

Dr. J R Harding, www.jrharding.com, is a recognized disability leader with personal and professional experiences. As a quadriplegic, twice over, author of the book, ‘Now What?’, accessibility expert, and international speaker, he’s contributed to national, state, and community policy for the independence and self-sufficiency of persons with disabilities. He’s served 2 US Presidents, 4 Florida Governors, and continuously serves on a number of community-based organizations. He’s the first person with a significant disability to graduate from Leadership Florida and Leadership Tallahassee. He’s a co-founder of Florida Disability Mentoring Day. He completed his doctorate in Higher Education and
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