Gary Karp is an author and speaker whose goal is to enlighten society to the radical changes that have taken place in what he calls "Modern Disability."
Gary Karp is the author of two books "Life On Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair User" and "Choosing A Wheelchair: A Guide For Optimal Independence", both widely reviewed as definitive guides for people with disabilities. In his work he draws from his personal experience with spinal cord injury since 1973, when he was injured at T12 in a fall from a tree at the age of eighteen. His new book of essays by people with spinal cord injuries, is titled "From There To Here: Stories of Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury", was published in April, 2004. His feature articles appear regularly in New Mobility magazine, and he is a board member of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association for whom he edits their newspaper, S-C-I Life. A very popular international speaker, Gary is sponsored in part by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center. He is also a corporate trainer on disability and employment, an accomplished musician and juggler. Please welcome Gary Karp.
Gary Karp is a professional trainer, delivering compelling and informative sessions on disability awareness and diversity. He is the author of "Life On Wheels: For the Active Wheelchair User," widely reviewed as the definitive guide for people with disabilities. He draws from his personal experience with spinal cord injury since 1973, when he was injured in a fall from a tree at the age of eighteen. He is co-editor of a collection of essays by people with spinal cord injuries titled "From There To Here: Stories of Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury," many of which feature work as an essential piece of the adjustment process. His feature articles appear in New Mobility magazine, and he is a board member of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and editor of its paper, "SCI Life". A very popular international speaker, Gary is sponsored in part by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center. Please welcome Gary Karp.
The once-popular phrase was “Hire the Handicapped.” Its tone was pretty undeniable: since having a disability is such an unfortunate thing, we should give those poor people jobs as a socially-charitable gesture. The underlying message is that compassionate generosity should be the core drive for employing people with disabilities. Employers should make the sacrifice because it’s the right thing to do. Read more
The current process of people with disabilities dramatically emerging into society didn’t happen thanks to the charitable generosity of others. It didn’t happen because enlightened policymakers saw the value of investing in accessibility and civil rights. It didn’t happen because business saw an untapped talent pool or a market of unspent disposable income. It didn’t happen because family members and clinicians could see firsthand that people were being unnecessarily denied their quality of life. Read more
As people with disabilities continue to take their place on the diversity spectrum, there are some unique characteristics worth considering that set them apart from other segments. The first is that people with disabilities are not just part of the diversity spectrum, they contain the diversity spectrum. Race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation —people with disabilities parallel the general population in their own complete diversity. Read more
Is it fair to say that to succeed in business you must keep a clear view of the environment surrounding your organization? You need to understand the current state of your market, your clientele, and keep your eyes peeled for any resources which will help you achieve your goals. Read more
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. My fear is that, for many employers, NDEAM echoes the clarion call that I heard growing up in the sixties: “Hire the Handicapped.” That sounded like employers were expected to go out of their way to hire disabled people as a kind of sacrifice for the greater social good. The sacrifice being that they might not be as productive, but it’s the right thing to do. Read more
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