Finding a job when you have a disability can be a little bit of a challenge if you don’t know where to start. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employers from rejecting qualified applicants because of a disability – but that doesn’t mean all companies have buildings designed to accommodate. If you have limited mobility and plan to work at an office, make sure the building is wheelchair-accessible before applying.
While all jobs may not be the best jobs for people with disabilities, there definitely are options. Some jobs allow you to work from home while others require minimal movement throughout the day. If you have a disability that limits your mobility, but are in need of employment, try one of the following jobs for people in wheelchairs.
The most obvious job option for people in wheelchairs is one that allows you to work from home. This can include anything from medical transcription, data entry, technical support, freelance writing or graphic design, web development or even inbound sales.
2. Government Work
Since the government sets the standards that prohibit discrimination, it has some of the best jobs for people with disabilities. Many federal agencies even have recruiters specifically dedicated to helping people with disabilities find an appropriate position.
3. Mystery Shopper or Product Tester
Some stores and restaurants will hire secret shoppers to visit their establishment and rate the experience. These may be places you visit anyway, and if not, it might be a good opportunity to let the business know if they are lacking in accessibility. Other companies hire product testers to try out their new products, which can be done from the comfort of your home. Once you sign up, the company will send you products and pay you to provide reviews (bonus: free stuff!).
4. Call Center Employee
Many companies use call centers for customer service or sales. Call center workers can sometimes work from home, but even if they can’t, this job requires limited mobility throughout the day. If you have good communication skills and are comfortable with a computer, this is a great option, as companies seem to always be looking for call center employees.
5. Legal Secretaries, Legal Assistants or Paralegals
While these positions usually require certain training or schooling, if you have the qualifications, working in the legal field is a viable job option for people in wheelchairs. People in these positions generally work in an office and perform tasks that do not involve any physical labor. Plus, should you need to appear in court, most courthouses have the appropriate accommodations for wheelchair access.