People with a disability are certainly going to face more challenges and obstacles when it comes to finding employment compared to an able-bodied person, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s an impossible task by any means. Along with government assistance programs to help disabled people prepare for employment and land a job, there are certain types of jobs that many people with disabilities can perform as well as anyone else.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of those job options, as well as briefly outlining some disability employment services available for disabled job seekers.
Good Job Options for Disabled People
If the disability challenge is a physical one, there are loads of options for employment that don’t require physical exertion or the necessity to be able-bodied. Of course, options will still depend on the nature and severity of the disability.
Just like with anyone, many employment options will also depend on receiving the right training and acquiring the necessary qualifications, but with these in hand, there are certainly some very lucrative and personally rewarding career choices.
The good news is, many desk-type jobs can now be done remotely from home, so often there isn’t even a need to travel to an office someplace. This makes finding and keeping a job even easier
Many people with disabilities have very successful careers in accounting and related fields. Everyone needs to use an accountant or financial planner/advisor from time to time, and many big businesses and corporations hire full-time accounting staff. Accounting is also a job you could do from home. Or better yet, start your own accounting business and set up a home office.
Becoming an IT specialist or software developer/engineer is also another in-demand and potentially very lucrative career move. As the world becomes even more dependent on IT and the internet, this is an industry that will see continued growth well into the foreseeable future.
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Working in a call centre or in a customer service role is another valid employment option for people with a disability. This is also a job role that can be done remotely from home or anywhere you choose. All you need is the necessary equipment and access to reliable internet.
Some freelancing roles are also highly doable. If you’re a writer, you could write content for the clients of web designers and SEO companies, or directly for businesses. There is always a need for copywriters and content creators.
Some people with disabilities have ventured into careers that help out other disabled people. There’s no one more equipped and understanding in this type of support role than somebody who has been through the same challenges as you.
A few more quick ideas include:
- Market research
- Pharmacy assistant
- Social media marketing
- Graphic designer
- Account manager
- And many more…
As you can see, there are quite a few jobs for disabled people, roles that they can fulfil as well as anyone.
Employment Services for the Disabled
If you’re disabled and keen to enter the workforce in a productive and fulfilling role, there is assistance available to you. You don’t have to go it alone.
There are a number of for-profit and non-profit organisations in Australia that work in conjunction with Federal Government initiatives to assist people with disabilities to find a job and keep it. To learn more about what’s available and how to avail of this support, you can either visit government websites or talk to your local Jobactive provider.
Jobactive providers assist unemployed people (including people with disabilities) find work. They can also tell you all about the various assistance programs that might be available for you to take advantage of.
- NDIS Employment Services
- Disability Employment Services
- Wage Subsidies
- And more…
The first step in the process is to go through an assessment of your disability. This will help determine what types of jobs you’ll be suited to, how many hours per week you’re capable of working and what government assistance schemes you are eligible for.
There are many important job roles out there in the workforce that a person with a disability can perform successfully. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of receiving some assistance to make the leap from unemployed to gainfully employed.
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