Why is it that when most of society looks at people with disabilities or seniors they only see what is apparent right in front of them? Actually, if they consider looking beyond that to transferable skills the person carries within them it would blow them away. Just the fact that they have survived by pushing through obstacles mentally and physically all their lives creates a person who knows how to get things done. Thinking out-of-the-box
to accomplish most things others take for granted is a unique talent. These groups are doers. They don’t have time to complain of headaches, aches and pains or limitations.
They are the champions of “if there’s a will there’s a way”. I think transferable skills are so overlooked because they are so basic.
Here is a list of just a few –
Accepting responsibility, adaptable, coaching, computer skills, creativity, foreign language, meeting deadlines, planning, problem solving.
After my disability I started a whole new career in an area I knew hardly nothing about. I stayed there for 26 years. My transferrable skills provided me the opportunity to recreate my life.
There are hundreds more. Ask yourself this question. If I were in a car accident tomorrow and became a paraplegic what transferable skills could I use to continue a quality-of-life? What are my three favorite accomplishments? What activities make me the happiest? Use these awareness tools to empower not only yourself but seniors and people with disabilities that cross your life experience. There is energy in empowerment
and power in potential.