Podcast Discusses Disability Employment and Accessibility in the Workplace
After rehabilitation for a spinal cord or brain injury, Shepherd Center provides assistance from vocational rehabilitation case managers for those wishing to return to work. They assist clients in returning to their previous jobs, pursuing new employment options or preparing them for employment in the future.
Case managers make recommendations and help implement workplace accommodations to support the client’s independence and autonomy. Additionally, case managers educate employers and help manage clients’ disability benefits whether it’s through Social Security or their own long term disability plans.
In a new podcast with Shepherd Center Radio, Shepherd vocational specialist and peer support liaison Zachary Bradley discusses workplace accessibility for people with disabilities.
Download the podcast as an audio file above, or access it at shepherd.org/radio.
Zachary Bradley is a vocational specialist and peer support liaison at Shepherd Center. He sustained a spinal cord injury in May 2011 when a tree fell on his car during a thunderstorm. After several months at Shepherd Center, he returned to Clayton State University, where he was a freshman attending on a basketball scholarship. He graduated with a degree in health and fitness management in 2014 and completed a master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation counseling at Georgia State University in 2017. He has shared his stories and tips for those who want to return to school and work to Shepherd Center patients for the past two years, first as a volunteer peer mentor and now as a staff member.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 900 inpatients, 575 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year.