Disabled and working? How did you find work?Locked
I’m asked this a lot as a result of another thread. So I thought I’d start one so folks can give ideas on how people with disabilities can find IT jobs, and give an opportunity to see if there are others with disabilities would come forward with their success stories, so maybe others with disabilities may get ideas on how to find good jobs, especially jobs where you can work from home.
I have Fibromyalgia. I had another sudden rent increase and had to cut back on some things. I was going to cancel my web hosting where I had a few sites for quite some time. The people there instead offered me some light work which turned into my getting hired as an employee! 🙂 They don’t usually hire many people to I got very lucky! They knew me as a customer for some time and in emails and viewing my sites, they knew I had quite a lot of web design and other knowledge. These people were willing to give me a try.
I think social networking, spreading the word you want to work from home, and showing people what you can do may help land you a job.
Thing is, those who need to work at home (as I do, since I can’t get out to a workplace every day and work full time) – these types of jobs are harder to find. With the job market such that even healthy people with degrees often have a hard time finding work, the disabled with special needs sometimes find it even harder.
I do with that companies would look into this untapped resource instead of outsourcing to other countries. Disabled people often need or want to keep their benefits, so only are allowed to earn a certain amount of money per month. And, there are a lot of tech-savy people with disabilities who can do all kinds of computer and internet related jobs – even from home. I’ve even read of network administrators successfully working from home.
Technology is changing our world, and it is opening doors for those who otherwise would never be able to work. Now if only companies would open up their door and allow a clear passage…
Anyone with success stories or ideas, please post here and share! 🙂