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Finding A Job With A Disability

February 19, 2010, 6:02 PM by Courtney Zieller

Finding A Job With A Disability
SIOUX FALLS, SD - It's been a year since we first introduced you to Tara Knudson. The Sioux Falls woman lost her eye sight as a child, and that disability was making it difficult for her to find a permanent job. But her persistence and patience have paid off.

When we first caught up with Tara Knudson, she was working as a receptionist for a Sioux Falls church. It turned out to be a good stepping stone on the way to a more permanent job.

"I'm doing more here and I like the people. They're helpful. If I need anything, they'll help me," Tara Knudson said.

Knudson started at Lowe's home improvement store less than two weeks ago, and she's already enjoying her new responsibilities.

"I answer phones, take messages, transfer calls. I get on the intercom," Knudson said.

Although she lost her eye sight when she was seven years old because of a brain tumor, that isn't stopping her from doing what she wants.

The store is allowing Knudson to use some valuable tools which will help her do her job better.

"This is what I use, it's a Braille note and I can type notes and phone numbers," Knudson said.

She also has something to help her transfer phone calls.

"On the phones I have Braille for the extension," Knudson said.

But to find the job Knudson was hoping for, she get help from a job developer.

"Tara's been great and diligent and stuck to it and not giving up so it's paid off," Ted Ornas said.

It's paid off because she's found a job she loves.

"I'm a phone person. I'm a people person. I love talking on the phone," Knudson said.

And now she's getting paid to do just that and five days a week. This new job is allowing Knudson to be more independent and self-sufficient.

Ted Ornas works with Vocational Rehabilitation Services. He says with more people applying for jobs, it's become challenging at times to place people with disabilities.

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