Born a congenital amputee, John Robinson has no hands. His arms stop at his elbows. His lower legs are attached to his hips without knees. He is 3’9’’ tall. As a child, John's parents had many worries: Would he be able to go to school? Could he hold a pencil? Could he ever support himself?
Yet, through his remarkable tenacity, talent and faith, John has succeeded in business and in building a family in a way that few may have expected from the outset. In this documentary from WMHT, we get to know a man who has made his way in a world not designed for those without the dexterity of typical arms and legs--a man who has gone on to lead what many would consider an ordinary life. Yet this ordinary life is actually extraordinary when one witnesses the determination required for John to do that which others take for granted, from driving a car to playing a round of golf.
People with disabilities are the nation’s most vulnerable demographic, and the obstacles they face in everyday life can seem overwhelming. John’s inspirational story teaches those of us with and without disabilities that, with the aid of a strong education and a few caring individuals, we can achieve that which may initially seem impossible.
America's Service Locator, a service of the U.S. Department of Labor, offers information on jobs, training, benefits, state services and career resources.
The Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) is the membership organization of the chief administrators of public vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, providing services to individuals with disabilities and sponsoring VR business consultants who work with employers across the country.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a service of the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, is a resource for workplace productivity enhancements and reasonable accommodation solutions directed toward employers, people with disabilities, rehabilitation professionals and people affected by disability.
The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDE) provides leadership to improve educational services and outcomes for students with disabilities.
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other vulnerable youth, and strives to ensure that transition age youth are provided full access to high quality services in integrated settings to gain education, employment and independent living.
The National Council of State Administrators for the Blind (NCSAB) promotes the delivery of services enabling those who are blind and visually impaired to achieve personal and vocational independence.
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) aims to substantially increase the successful participation of Americans with disabilities in the labor force.
The National Rehabilitation Association (NRA) promotes ethical and state-of-the-art practice in rehabilitation with the goal of personal and economic independence for persons with disabilities.
The PACER Center seeks to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.
Through the Looking Glass (TLG) pioneers research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.
The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) recognizes and promotes best practices in hiring, retaining and marketing to people with disabilities.
The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) works with organizations around the world to develop strategies, guidelines and resources to help make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.
PBS Teachers offers related lesson plans, multimedia and other classroom resources for students from Pre-K through high school. Keyword search for the term 'disabilities.'
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