Sylvia Jackson worked for Nation Able Network’s Senior Community Employment Program until she found herself in the same situation her clients had been, out of a job. Her many interviews have not yielded employment, despite a positive attitude and willingness “to do 150 percent.” “I’m competing against people much younger and people who do not have disabilities.” Jackson has a mobility impairment. She describes having to do a “very painful” short sale of her home to avoid foreclosure. “I feel bad for all my clients that I helped,” she says. “I don’t think the federal government understands that when you cut somebody off from this program you’re just dumped, you’re done.”
This video was recorded at the 2012 annual conference of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities, and is hosted on the CAC Voices YouTube channel from the Center on Aging and Community at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. All CAC Voices videos are captioned: click on the “CC” icon at the bottom of the video to turn captions on or off.