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On December 3rd, the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed around the world. The day provides the world with the chance to raise awareness and rally for equal rights for each person, regardless of any extenuating circumstances.

Jobs for People with Disabilities

The goal of the day is to promote a better understanding of disabilities and any accompanying issues, to observe the rights of disabled people and to highlight the significance of integrating disabled persons into political, cultural, social and economic life within each community.

People with disabilities deserve to work in a place of employment free of harassment, ridicule, shame, and with freedom and dignity.  With a reasonable amount of accommodations anyone with a disability will be able to perform a job and be the best employee possible.  The following is a list of jobs which are ideally suited for people with disabilities:

•    Teacher

•    Computer Programmer

•    Customer Service Representative (Call Center)

•    Graphic Artist

•    Architect

•    Freelance (home based employment)

•    Accountant

•    Radio Disc Jockey

•    Motivational Speaker

•    Counselor (for other people with disabilities it can be especially beneficial to have an understanding counselor)

•    Therapist

•    Patient Care Coordinator in a clinical or hospital setting

•    Hospital Case Manager

•    Human Resources Manager

•    Office Clerk/ Secretary/ Receptionist

•    Journalist/Author

•    Photographer

•    Clothing designer

•    Floral designer

Statistics of Disabled People in America

In the United States there are currently 51.2 million people living with some form of disability.  Approximately 18% of the American population has a disability, with 27 million people needing to use a wheelchair and 9.1 million needed an ambulatory aid.  There are 1.8 million people in the country who are unable to see, 1 million adults who are not able to hear, and 2.6 million who experience speech impairment or difficulty and 14.3 million with cognitive limitations or some form of mental or emotional illness that interferes with daily life.

Approximately 56% of the disabled population in America have some form of disability and are also gainfully employed.  Around 44% of people with a non-severe form of disability are able to work full time, all year round without incident.  Businesses and corporations are designing more programs to benefit disabled employees and with the right training, a disabled employee can be just as productive and successful as anyone else who does not have a disability.

Overview

For a person who suffers from a physical, mental or other form of disability the employment world can seem like a confusing environment, but there are many opportunities available and options to explore. 

One of the most important things a person with a disability needs to remember is to not let any barriers stand in the way of dreams and any inconveniences can be overcome with the right attitude.  Never let anyone tell you that you cannot do something, dream big and work hard to achieve all of your goals and live the quality of life you so richly deserve.

  • www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1484
  • www.epa.gov/ohr/careers/disabilities.html
  • www.pva.org/site/PageServer?pagename=rights_employment&s_src=Google disabilityhistoryinamerica.wetpaint.com/page/Disability+Statistics+In+America

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