The ideal job for someone with disabilities and special needs is often a job that can be done from home. Work-from-home jobs can offer the flexibility they need. Having a job can help make ends meet and the best jobs can give life meaning. Here are six resources that can help people with varying disabilities find a work-from-home job they love.
My Employment Options
If you are currently receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), My Employment Options is a great place to start. Once you apply, a member of their screening staff will call you back to discuss your options that might include being assigned a job counselor.
National Telecommuting Institute
This non-profit has been helping disabled people since 1995 find work-from-home opportunities that fit their needs. Their free service will counsel you, test you and train you to find the perfect job for you. They have contracts with several companies that hire work-from-home workers that they work with to find you a job. They will also help you get reimbursement for work-related expenses like specialized equipment. They have two websites to help: [email protected] which helps you find a job and Land a Job which helps you with the reimbursement.
Project Starfish works specifically with the visually impaired to help them find work-from-home jobs in fields such as virtual assistants and social media marketing. They provide training and other resources to help blind individuals start their careers. They work internationally and they also work with youth.
Communication Services for the Deaf
All the jobs on their site require that you know American Sign Language. They provide resources for deaf people to find work helping other deaf people who call into contact centers looking for help. You are not dealing directly with any angry customers, but you are translating for the customer to ease communication.
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
In addition to all the other work they do for people with MS, their website is also a rich resource for people looking for work. They have information on exploring options and knowing your rights as a disabled worker. They can connect you to resources to find jobs to apply for. The employment section on their website can be found under "Living Well with MS" along with other resources.
Cancer and Careers
A diagnosis like cancer can affect a person's career path in numerous ways. This non-profit provides services like a resume review and a career coach to help people with cancer and cancer survivors find work at home and in person. If you already have a job you love, they can help you with that as well to know your rights and to balance work and your health.
Disability and special needs can make employment difficult and complicated, but it doesn't have to be. Many resources exist to help you find work-from-home opportunities that fit your abilities and your needs. These resources can help you from the resume, through the interview, getting any special equipment you need, and on to your new career. The work-from-home career will help you pay your bills and make ends meet.