I think it is safe to say that many capable people with disabilities are unemployed. The reality is there’s lots of talent people who happened to have disabilities and through no fault of there own aren’t working.
The problem to finding employment
I have a college diploma in office administration and have worked in a few offices before deciding to run this blog full time. I knew that the reality was that I was going to have to fight my way through the throngs of my equally skilled classmates to obtain gainful employment. I also knew that chances were pretty high that if I I was up against my able bodied peers and that the sad reality was that if it came down to it chances were they would take someone who the same skills who was able bodied over me.
I think the problem is some of us with disabilities require tools of adaptation and frankly, I think that’s scary to many future employers. I think that if employers work their fears and see the person before the disability not only would the world be a better place but there would be less folks with disabilities struggling to find consistent work.
my personal solution
My personal solution to this problem was perhaps a little unconventional but I have really enjoyed the ride in 2012 I quit working to work for myself making this blog my full time job. I love this decision as it has afforded me many experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise: like being reprinted in a textbook and a trip to Ottawa to speak at a high school’s disability awareness week, not to mention the youtube conference I attended in Los Angeles this past October. I mention all these major events not to be boastful but to simply say that with a little creative hard work working online can make your dreams and dreams you didn’t even know you had come true.
Although I love blogging and being self-employed I recognize that this form of employment isn’t for everyone as it takes a lot of time and motivation. But I am all for the fact that if you have a hobby that can be turned into employment it is worth giving it a shot.
I must warn you if you’re looking to get rich quick blogging and YouTube for that matter is not the answer it’s a lot of hard work and dedication to your craft.
Do you have a disability and does your disability make it hard for you to find work I would love to hear your comments below?
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