Fortunately, the disability insurance plan provided by Ashley’s employer gave her hope. It replaced a portion of her salary when she first went on disability, helping her make ends meet while she was unable to work. But her disability benefit offered something more—help in finding a new job. Ashley’s physical disability wasn’t the only barrier she faced. When she graduated from college, demand for nurses in her field was so high she was immediately hired. “I never had an interview,” she recalls. “I had no interview skills, no resume. Those were things I really needed help with.”
Anita Zeiders, a vocational rehabilitation counselor with Ashley’s insurance company was assigned to assist her. Anita arranged for Ashley to get expert help in resume writing and interviewing strategies, and she consulted with Ashley after each job interview. Six months later, Ashley landed a desk job back at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. Her new full-time job, as a chart auditor in the hospital’s heart center, is to make sure details of a patient’s treatment are correctly recorded and entered into databases. Ashley is once again working in her chosen field. Thanks to her employer’s innovative disability benefit, her life and her career are back on track.