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Oh. Good morning to another beautiful day. Time to get out get going get ahead of rush hour drive more music boy. OK. I wonder if this employee will understand. That handy Can I be
capable and willing to work. Or will I get the same thing people staring at me and for saying Don't call us we'll call you. Back. Sunday man. Mr. Garcia I mistily What makes you think you're the right person for the job. Did you remember is it me. Well Mr. Garcia this job requires someone that works five days a week eight hours a day how many days of sick leave did you take at your last job. Lip service. That's all I ever hear.
Why not me. Why not me. Misunderstanding rejection a seen far too often repeated when considering the handicap for employment come along with us now to the world of the employable handicap. But. I think what I would tell employers in the private sector or the government sector would be that handicapped people are people. And like all of us they have hopes and dreams and aspirations. They have
Ronson needs. And they are not different than any of us just because they are handicapped doesn't mean that they really are divorced from. The rest of humanity. And my my plea would be to all employers to give a handicapped person a chance to give them a try and I think in most cases they would find that they made a good deal in employing a handicapped person. Meet Mr. Joaquin Pablo electronic Foreman naval ship repair facility. One. Has been employed by the Navy since August of 1968 where he started as shop learner. Today he's the foreman for the module repair unit at SRS. Joachim has received many awards for his outstanding performance. At Great is also employed by SRF and works in module
unit supervised by walking. I mean will came from downstairs stating that Barry's. Opening for Michael Meacher school. During that time the community. More or less like they feel that it really is my not of course. So I decided the word victim. But in my community room I'm sure I'm the kind of the kind of work you would be expecting to do during. Schooling for the Michael Meacher. So when I take him in there and I show him to different kind of broad different kind of parts. Among being the resisters sisters and different kind of components. After a couple weeks of doing the work.
I decided that he is well qualified for what they had for that school. So I went out to the community and I thought then that it really this is for me capable of doing what we expect in the program going to school. Sure they decided to go ahead and send him. And sure enough when they set up their school. Not only that he has a school but he's the only person I know who is qualified for a micro-mini. And Ken Anderson has been in the training program at the module unit since April of 1986 and has already earned the respect of his coworkers. I've been working with I can Anderson for a couple months and. I think I can
Anderson is capable of doing the job that he has any questions of how the job is he. Asked for assistance. And. We teach him how to solder and solder and if. The faeces soldering is bad or it needs us to send you a palm and how inspect it I think that. The job is no use right then I'll tell him if it's wrong explain the M powered saw. This guy and he'll do it again but. Of his handicap I think. He can do it. And anyway cad. Cam has said. They will to do anything anybody can do. Ya. Ya. That. Given public education the way it is today most of the emphasis is on academic skill training reading writing arithmetic and so forth.
We have just in the past few years started to develop programs. That use those skills as a secondary. Outcome. We focused on specific job related skills such as how to how to fix appliances small engine repair how to work in hotel settings and so forth. We still have a long way to go in this but certainly what will make our efforts successful is to degree that we look at where we're going and where we're going is to look out into the community to see what is needed and then have that need to come back into the school setting. While classroom training for the employable handicapped is important on the job training is key to employing the handicapped. With things. With the proper guidance and training the handicapped can become a
productive part of your workforce. All they need is the chance that there is an Affirmative Action Law for foreign players to hire the handicapped. The employers that are to come under that law though are employers that receive federal funds for one purpose or another. So like University of Ottawa for instance. Or other big corporations I'm sure like you and the Bank of Hawaii and prices like that do receive federal funds for different purposes. So any agency that receives federal funds has to have. An affirmative action plan on file to hire handicapped here. Also employers who do hire the handicapped can receive. Have brakes tax breaks and a number of other things that are beneficial to the employer. So one of the things we do when working with an entire system very clearly explain those benefits to them. The tax break benefits and other federal benefits
that it. Creates an incentive for them to hire the handicapped. Most of the job opportunities for the handicapped are due to local and federal government rules and regulations. Some private sector employers have also recognized the capabilities of the handicapped. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires that public
buildings and facilities built after 1973 are accessible to the handicapped. For buildings built before 1973. Agencies are required by law to perform an engineering study. For the purpose of identifying architectural barriers. Once these barriers have been identified. Agencies must develop affirmative action for a long and short range plans. To remove those barriers. The barrier removed has in some way discouraged some arrive on employers. However. The Navy has hired many handicapped individuals. Which require little event any kind of accommodation on the job. The law prescribes that some form of accommodation be made for individuals. Who are hired. Or who become disabled on the job.
This type of accommodation request however must be within reason. For example. Most of the Navy buildings from grom were built. Before 1973. Some of these buildings are two stories. It will not be a reasonable request to ask that an activity install an elevator to accommodate one handicapped person. What can be done in a situation like that. Would be to see if that particular individual can be placed on the first floor. Even though the rest of his coworkers are in the second floor. Another example. Is night shift come assignments. Says many handicapped persons do not drive. An employer may reasonably accommodate an individual by placing that person on day shift assignments only. There are many ways to accommodate the
handicap. Employer should not have to worry about big expenses to modify buildings. Reasonable accommodation is all that is asked to employ the handicapped. The employable handicapped or human resource that cannot reach its full potential. If not given the opportunity. Hi I'm Frank Mullen your narrator for this documentary. I'm the public information officer and the Equal Employment Opportunity officer for the Guam air port authority the air port authority like all of Gov. Guam is an equal opportunity employer. The GA is very conscious of the handicap for our terminal and other facilities have to be free of barriers to the handicapped. I want to I had my early problems during my first year at GA. I
was obliged to use a wheel chair for just a while and as I was employed by an organization willing to make a few adjustments for me we got together and overcome my difficulties. Then some years later once again I was back in a wheelchair but the earlier arrangements had made my mobility academic and I went right back to work again. Now employers who recognize that a person who is handicapped can also be handy capable. Find such persons no handicap to their business. They can be a productive employee if only given the chance. The handicapped are most willing to work hard to overcome their problems and those of us who think those problems are insurmountable are often amazed
at the way they cope. So help the handicapped. Give them employment. Change them from a welfare case into a taxpayer. I don't expect to be in the Olympics in 88 but I drive my own car to work. I get up and down staircases. I go to Fiesta and I beat everybody to the dinner table and I never get asked to. Lose. One week.
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Handicapable: Why Not Me
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PBS Guam
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PBS Guam (Mangilao, Guam)
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This documentary explores the lives of employable handicapped people in Guam. Topics covered include advocating to have employers treat handicapped people equally, types of discrimination they face, and education and on-the-job training for handicapped employees.
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Editor: Cheung, Edmond
Executive Producer: Woo, K. K.
Narrator: Mullen, Frank
Producer: Reyes, Dennis
Producing Organization: PBS Guam
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Identifier: 3973 (PBS Guam Studio)
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Generation: Master
Duration: 00:25:00
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