If Michael Richard Warner, who was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy at age three, works full-time, he could lose the wheelchair, independent living facility and assistive technology that are essential to his quality of life — that’s because he’s dealing with a complicated benefit system that’s difficult to navigate, according to disability rights experts and advocates.

I’m tired of putting effort into a system that … seems more [conducive] to me receiving benefits for the rest of my life, not working, and shutting up, than to me working.

Michael Richard Warner

Want to read more about Warner’s story and learn about the uphill battle people with disabilities face in the Nebraska workforce? Click below to check out this month’s Omaha Jobs column, written by Leah Cates and published on omahajobs.com, and in the print edition of The Reader.

Leah Cates is a reporter and Editorial & Membership Associate for The Reader. You can connect with Leah via Twitter (@cates_leah) or email (leah@pioneermedia.me).

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