The Luck of the Irish in Your Job Search

Happy St. Patrick's Day! If you are on SSI or SSDI, getting a job takes a little more than just luck; it takes guidance and hard work.  That's where NTI comes into play.  NTI helps individuals with disabilities back into the workplace through their job services.  NTI offers guidance through our eMentors, Training, and liaison services connecting Fortune 500 companies with individuals with disabilities and disabled Veterans.  Change your luck, find that four-leafed clover, and register for NTI's services at  

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Paralympian Evan Strong (Snowboarding)

Some people born into this world are given names that reflect an aspect of their character and define them. Such is the case with Paralympian Evan Strong, who, faced with life-altering circumstances was not only his own strength, but was also the strength his family depended on to get him through. An avid and talented skateboarder as a youth, Strong had his first sponsor at age 13, and was well on his way to a career as a professional skateboarder when just days before his 18th birthday he was in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. His left leg required amputation below the knee, but Strong, true to his name, never let that change his view of himself as a dedicated athlete. 

Although he still skateboards, following his accident Strong began snowboarding, and has come to dominate the sport. He has won every title in the sport of para-snowboarding. He also mountain bikes, rock climbs, surfs, and slack lines (similar to tight rope walking). In 2014 para-snowboarding was added to the Paralympics Games in large part due to the efforts of Strong’s campaigning for the sport. Strong, not surprisingly, brought home the gold for Team USA in para-snowboarding in 2014 and just missed a medal in Pyeongchang! 

Sometimes strength comes from the help of others. NTI has been helping individuals with disabilities and disabled Veterans through their job services for over 25 years. If you know of someone on SSI or SSDI that would like to come back into the workplace, have them register for our free services on our website here  Maybe we can make a difference in their lives too?  


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Curling Paralympian Steve Emt

The small decisions we each make daily don’t often add up to life changing events, but for Paralympian Steve Emt, two seemingly small decisions altered his life. The first was his decision to drive after a night of drinking with friends which led to an accident, leaving him paralyzed. And the second was to go for some Pie in the Sky!

Paralympic Curling Coach Tony Colacchio spotted Emt on his way to Pie in the Sky, a Bakery & Cafe, in Falmouth, MA and introduced himself.  Coach Colacchio felt that he could make Emt a Paralympian in curling. Emt, a basketball athlete at UConn, who was unfamiliar with the sport at the time. However, Emt loved it from his first time on the ice. As a math teacher, Emt said curling is "everything I love about math, everything I love in life all in one sport. There are angles and math and geometry and physics involved. There's ice melting. There are concentric circles." 

Emt performed solidly in the Paralympics against Great Britain as NTI watched with baited breath with every strategic move throughout the events in PyeongChang!  Curling coverage continues through Saturday on the Olympic Channel as USA takes on Slovakia tonight. 

Just like Tony Colacchio coached Emt toward the Paralympics, NTI can coach your job journey. If you are on SSI or SSDI and looking to get back into the workplace, NTI can help through their job services.  Register today at and reach the top of your podium. 


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Stephen Hawking - (January 8, 1942 – March 14, 2018)

As a non-profit focused on the strengths of individuals with disabilities, NTI is sad to note the passing of Stephen Hawking. Hawking leaves the world mourning the loss of this brilliant theoretical physicist. He gave the world so much! Although limited in body from the age of 21 by ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), his mind probed the very edges of our human ability to comprehend the world we inhabit. "I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many," he wrote. His extraordinarily “normal” life enriched the lives of countless millions of people around the world, and he deserves a place of honor in the annals of history! 


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3X Paralympian and 2X Gold Medalist Josh Pauls

Paralympian Josh Pauls was born without tibia bones, the larger of the two bones that make up the lower leg and supports most of a person’s weight. Because of that, he had both of his legs amputated when he was only 10 months old. He first tried sled hockey when he was 9, but he didn’t like it because it wasn’t like the ice hockey he saw able-bodied teams playing. But when he tried is again less than a year later, this time without the extra weight of his prothetics, he felt the freedom of sliding on the ice and fell in love with sled hockey! 


Pauls won gold in the 2010 and 2014 sled hockey Paralympics and is hoping to lead Team USA to yet another gold as team captain at the 2018 Paralympics in Pyeongchang this week. He hopes his years of experience in sled hockey will someday enable him to coach ice hockey at an advanced level, even though, as he likes to joke, he never had to learn to skate. Pauls is an advocate for inclusion in hockey and enjoys playing on sled teams against able-bodied teams! NTI wishes him and all of Team USA best of luck! 


Sometimes, skill is more necessary than luck, but also having the right guidance is key. At NTI, we help individuals with disabilities and disabled Veterans get back into the workplace through our job services.  If you are on SSI or SSDI and interested in being a part of the workforce once again register for NTI at  Maybe we can help?  



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