Searching for a job can be hard, but it can be even more difficult for individuals with disabilities. We’ve compiled a list of resources for people with disabilities who are looking for employment opportunities. These resources were written by other wheelchair users who have successfully found employment.
Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities
When it comes to looking for a job, it’s important to know what you have to offer. Knowing what you can bring to the table as a hardworking and dedicated individual is key in making yourself attractive as a potential employee in interviews. Not everyone knows the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, but you can help spread the knowledge. Zoe Hernandez shares statistics about people with disabilities in the workforce and how hiring employees with disabilities positively contributes to the company’s workplace.
Job Searching with a Disability
Isabella Bullock is an expert when it comes to job searching. As an employment specialist for the Center of Independent Living, she helps people with disabilities succeed and break down stereotypes by teaching them the skills they need for their careers. In her article, Disabilities & Job Searching, she poses four questions to ask yourself when considering if and when to disclose your disability to your employer or a prospective employer. While the information is not meant to be utilized as legal advice, it does come from personal and professional experience and can be utilized as a valuable resource.
Disability Mentoring Day
If you aren’t sure what you’d like to do yet, but would like to see what careers are available, you may want to check out Disability Mentoring Day (DMD). DMD is a national mentoring program designed to increase awareness of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The goal of this program is to promote career development for students and job seekers with disabilities. It’s a hands-on opportunity where individuals get to experience different types of jobs within the workplace and talk to employees who have developed successful careers. It’s a wonderful opportunity for young individuals to gain knowledge about the workplace so that they can make informed career decisions in the future.
More Reading about Employment for People with Disabilities
For further reading and resources for people with disabilities, check out the Lifestyle Articles and Helpful Links for Power Chair Users page on our main website. We have articles about employment, power chair usage, care and maintenance, health and wellness and more!