Minnesota author and playwright Kevin Kling became a writer because of his left arm. Growing up with a left arm about three-quarters the size of his right arm with no wrist or thumb, people would call his arm lots of different names. Soon words became very important to him.
Words help tell his story and define his character. He realizes that challenges and frustrations come with having a disability. But he also takes pride in the lessons, the strength and the perspective his disability has provided him. He likes to teach people that what makes you different gives you strength. When you project that strength, people will see your true self.
There’s a saying from Zimbabwe that he likes to use that says, “Until the lion tells the story, the hunter will always be the hero.” In other words, if you don’t tell your story, others will tell your story for you.
If you need a little help telling your story to employers, CareerForce has many resources designed to support a diverse set of career goals and disability needs that include:
- Online interest and skills assessments, plus other digital resources
- Resources for marketing your skills and experience
- Vocational rehabilitation services
- Workplace rights
Work with one of our Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) counselors to explore your choices and find the right fit. Learn more about VRS services on the CareerForce website. Contact a Vocational Rehabilitation Services counselor now at VRS.CustomerService@state.mn.us to get started on the journey to your career goals. to get started on the journey to your career goals.
If you’d like to learn more about Kevin Kling and his work, check out his website.