Jobs for people with Disabilities

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Jobs for People with Disabilities

The job search is very challenging, especially for jobs for people with disabilities. I know that oftentimes I feel that taking care of myself physically seems like a job itself. Having the energy to go to the gym every morning is an impossible task to juggle with producing the energy to do a sufficient job at work.  Next, add in all of the issues resulting from lack of transportation. A lot of physical disabilities rob a person's ability to drive, making getting to work on time at least very challenging, if not impossible. On top of everything else, add in some depression and anxiety that inevitably come along with having a disability and it becomes overwhelming that we are ready to throw in the towel and never give thought to finding a job when having a disability.

So, what now? Are we supposed to just sit around and wait for those feelings of worthlessness to snowball? Being around people with disabilities has to lead me to believe that under all of the limitations, people with disabilities each have a priceless gift hidden in them.  

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Unfortunately, not a lot of employers share such belief in many jobs for people with disabilities. Equal opportunity employment is the law, but like any law, the majority does not abide by it. Beginning my last interview, I acknowledged the employer can't ask about my disability for legal reasons and reassured him that I am more than capable of the required responsibilities. He told me that his daughter had a disability and that he does see a blank wall when looking at jobs for people with disabilities. Though this calmed my nerves and made the interview a little more comfortable, from how our conversation went, it was obvious that I was immediately written off. Perhaps it was not anything to do with my disability, there is no real way of knowing. Of course, a potential employer wants to know about my interests and hobbies, I thought. When the entire interview was over and I hadn't been asked anything about my skills or how I'd handle the job with my disability, I assumed I did not get the position. I think it is safe to say I was right since it's been several months and I still haven't gotten a reply to any of my follow-ups for the job.

We're constantly hearing about groups of underprivileged people coming together and taking a stand. However, very rarely do we hear this about people with disabilities. Here are a few companies that are coming to notice the unique talents of individuals with disabilities and provide specific jobs for people with disabilities.

Microsoft - Inclusive Hiring for People with Disabilities 

A lot of the available treatments for disabilities lean greatly on the rise in technology over the past a few decades. Microsoft is one of the company who is among one of the first behind global diversity and inclusion with jobs for people with disabilities.

Check out this supportive inclusive job hiring video and if you are interested, check out their employment opportunities.


AmazonPWD 

Amazon.com employment offers a wide variety of full and part-time jobs for people with disabilities, some with virtual locations, making getting to work everyday easier for people with physical disabilities. Young people are especially encouraged to apply, as the business offers entry-level positions and opportunities for growth. Covering 95% tuition on classes related to the job provides training, which may be more beneficial than college, in my opinion.

Aside from my core college credits, earned at a Community College, I have trouble describing education growth obtained. A 4-year degree might be a silly tool used to measure discipline that’ll only leave you in debt with a disability. Forever.

Every company loves to get a pat on the back for helping a person with a disability. I don't know about you, but I have heard the "we do not discriminate" line from so many companies that clearly do, I don't even pay attention to that anymore. AT&T has been recognized numerous times for their efforts to include jobs for people with disabilities and they even celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month.


CVS Mock Pharmacy Program 

Some pharmaceutical companies have jobs for people with disabilities who have experience using medical devices and taking certain medications. CVS offers a success program for people with disabilities. Once accepted, students live in dormitories and complete a 9 week internship and learning program, training them for a roll at CVS that can lead to further success within the company.

As a 30 year old, I wouldn't be interested such job training. However, there is no age limit in applying to the program.

Walt Disney World College Intern or Career Start Program

Walt Disney World offers a few different programs to help people start a career. The Disney World College internship program has jobs for people with disabilities.

Is an extensive, unique and once in a lifetime opportunity work at Disney World, work at Disney World taking personal and career development classes and build transferable skills and college credit. The program is offered at what Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida as well as at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Students live in company-owned housing with fellow interns from all around the world and are provided company-sponsored transportation to and from work. Providing excellent skills and jobs for people with disabilities.


As a former graduate of the internship program, I would recommend this to the disabled. It is a very overwhelming experience, and not for everyone as I frequently had different roommates. Working for a successful company as one of my first jobs was the foundation to which I was able to build many valuable skills I and I'm still expanding now over a decade later.
Personally, I was in denial about my disability and did not receive any accommodations simply because I did not ask for any. However, Disney is proud to provide jobs for people with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodation in the classroom and at work upon request.
Disney also offers a similar program to non college students called career start. Essentially, it is the same program without the college living and college credit earning experience. Due to the decrease of people willing to work for less than minimum wage, the program is popular amongst high school students as a part-time after school internship.
If you or someone you no is interested in applying, keep in mind that the less than minimum wage earnings will only be for the duration of the internship, which is 5 to 7 months. Then, if the company is interested, you would be considered an employee and make that paid amount.
Last but certainly not least, if you are interested in a company or maybe you have an idea for a job for people with disabilities that doesn't exist, please do not shy away from contacting them and voicing your thoughts. 9 out of 10 times, it's a lot of wasted energy. Businesses have more important things to do than respond to some random person's email about a job that doesn't even exist. BUT, I'm a firm believer in great things never coming easily. That 1% chance that might work out overpowers all of the times that it didn't.
Never wanting my disability (Friedreich's Ataxia) to become an adjective that describes my capabilities, it has taken me a long time to accept that we are seen and unfortunately often perceived based on our outward appearance.
I often think back to the time when I served on The Commission for Disability Issues for my County. We were organized and held a conference where each delegate would have the opportunity to summarize their plans, if elected, to better disability issues within the community.
One of the delegates showed up in gym attire and was very unprepared for any of the questions asked.. In the end it was determined that people with disabilities had influenced that election.
Needless to say, he lost. I wonder if he wished he would have taken us seriously.
Jobs for people with disabilities are a BIG DEAL!
Author - Lauren Williams