Arthritis Doesn’t Keep Man’s Career from Rolling Forward

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Orlando, FL – As a motor coach operator, David K. Turner enjoys taking people where they need to go. “My favorite part of my job is assisting guests,” he says. David found the right job for him, but staying there had its challenges.

When David developed arthritis in his right hip, he was in severe pain, and it kept him from working his regular hours. “It got to the point where I couldn’t bend over, or do daily functions without high levels of difficulties,” he says. “Even walking became very difficult.” That’s when his doctor recommended looking into Vocational Rehabilitation (VR), a federal-state agency that helps people with disabilities get or keep a job.

David’s arthritis, which may have resulted from the wear and tear of playing football in his younger years, was affecting his life and his career. He met with VR Counselor Shaina Cox for guidance. “One of the challenges David faced was the pain he endured. He couldn’t complete his task because of his hip issues,” Shaina says. “VR was able to provide him with a hip replacement so he could return to the job he had lost.”

Hip replacement surgery changed David’s life. “I am so glad to move easily – that is a part of the job. I can now get in and out of my driver’s seat,” he says. He has even been able to resume his regular work hours.

David is taking advantage of his free range of motion. In his spare time, he enjoys staying healthy by working out. “I am able to exercise now, and I like to ride my stationary exercise bike in my free time. Now, I just a better range of movement.”

Shaina knew David could overcome any challenge he was faced with. “One of the things that has led to his success is his drive to work. He has always been goal-oriented,” she says. “He has a kind heart, and he is very caring. He also had lots of motivation.”

David also enjoyed working with Shaina, and is grateful for what she helped him accomplish. He explains, “Shaina was a great counselor, she got things rolling for me. I really appreciate her.”

David didn’t let his hip problems keep him from staying career-focused. He thinks employers should view people with challenges the same way. “I would tell employers that people with disabilities aren’t any different, and they should allow them to be a legitimate candidate for the position,” he says. “Maybe they have some pain, but if it doesn’t limit them, they could be great at their work.”

Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program committed to helping people with disabilities become part of America’s workforce. The employer-focused website, https://abilitieswork.employflorida.com/, allows businesses to search at no charge for employees who are ready to go to work, as well as to post available jobs. VR has 90 offices across Florida, and last year helped 5,194 Floridians with significant disabilities get or keep a job. For more information about VR and its services, call (800) 451-4327 or visit http://www.Rehabworks.org.