2019 Corporate Award – Paula Vieillet – Employment Options
Paula Vieillet and Employment Options have been selected to be the 2019 recipient of the Invisible Disabilities Association’s Corporate Award. Through her passionate leadership as CEO of Employment Options, Paula has helped to create successful resources which provide employment opportunities and hope for people living daily with illness, pain and disability.
Paula is a Nationally Certified Vocational Evaluator (CVE) who has been helping job seekers with physical, mental, and emotional challenges find suitable jobs for over 20 years. She was awarded the 2011 – 50 Great Writers that you should be Reading Award by TheAuthorsShow.com. Paula is an accomplished national speaker, presenter, and author of Disabilities/Different Abilities: A New Perspective For Job Hunters, this nationally acclaimed workbook has been used in rehabilitation counseling, private and non-profit return-to-work programs and government agencies like the Veterans Administration. Paula also wrote Employment Options: The Ultimate Resource for Job Seekers with Disabilities and Other Challenges. She often consults with the Social Security Administration, state and city agencies, and hosts skills workshops nationwide.
In 1970, a kind dentist hired our mother who had a disability. It meant so much to our family that she could go back to work after a disfiguring accident rendered her disabled. Helping people with disabilities gain dignity through restoring their self-sufficiency and purpose has been my primary mission since 1993 when I began Employment Options. By hiring a qualified person (with a disability), employers can grow their businesses with loyal and skilled employees, benefit from tax credits and create a more diverse workforce while bringing healing to a family when someone returns to work. ~ Paula