“According to the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Labor, over 41 million Americans currently deal with the challenges of disability, including an unemployment rate in excess of 72%. In addition, 13 million Americans have a ‘go-outside-the-home’ disability.”
- National Telecommuting Institute
People can often overlook those of us with disabilities like we have nothing to offer.
Employers seem uninterested or too afraid to give us a chance to prove what we can do. The jobs we can do vary as much as we do. The types of jobs for people with disabilities can obviously depend on the type of disability the person has. I want a job where I can use my typing ability. I do not have any other skill since I do not have the ability to use my hands well to do many jobs.
“Employers who hire people with disabilities find we can positively impact their bottom line. Recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities involves the employment of members of an untapped labor pool – one that can offer a source of skilled employees. As employees, people with disabilities can contribute to increased retention and a reduction of employee turnover; we are reliable employees who enjoy working. There are also tax incentives in place, as well as technical assistance that can assist with any accommodations that might be needed. Most of the time, any disability accommodations needed are both minor and inexpensive.”
- Wendy Taormina-Weiss
Disabled World News
In my personal experience, I have found it very difficult to find a job.
I have more desire to work than I can show. But I also have abilities. I can type. In today’s overly technological world everything is done by typing on computer, iPad, or some other typing device.
The frustration grows as months pass by. I worked hard in order to get my degree at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, same as the rest of the students. I want to make the world a better place. With a job, each person finds fulfillment and self-respect. I want to earn a living, not be given a check from social security. All I need is an opportunity to work.
The world is slowly recognizing what people with disabilities have to offer. Something needs to change people’s attitudes toward the employment of people with disabilities.
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