why i feel employment is a major issue for people with disabilities

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?

if you like my content why not help me out by joining my mailing list its free Click Here to Subscribe you will receive a email from me and a free gift just for signing up! and every time i post an new blog post you will get an email for that too.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

About lifeofthedifferentlyabled

Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
This entry was posted in Disability, Me and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to why i feel employment is a major issue for people with disabilities

  1. Lisa says:

    My dad told me when I was in 11th grade that I needed to figure out what I wanted to do as a career. When I figured that out I would need a diploma or certification because it will be harder on me to get a job. Luckily I did what he told me, got my LPN license and during training at the end of my education, a hospital offered me a job without even me applying. Unfortunately, due to other illnesses I worked for several years until I became permanently disabled.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>