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Finding telecommuting jobs for disabled individuals
For those who have been searching for jobs specially geared for the unique challenges faced by those with a disability, the job search may feel a bit frustrating.
Challenges may include limited mobility or issues getting to the workplace or perhaps just needing a break now and then, on your own terms and not when it is "allowed" by the company you wish to work for.
There are options for those of you who face these challenges and they can be found all throughout this site and throughout the work at home world.
Working from home myself, I find that many of my co workers are not just stay at home moms and dads or retired folks but also people who are bravely battling illnesses or disabilities that make it impossible to work a typical 9-5 job in a "brick and mortar" setting.
If you have been on the hunt for suitable jobs for disabled individuals, look no further than this list to get you started on the right track:
NTI Central.org was specifically designed to help find work at home jobs for disabled individuals, specifically in the area of customer service and call center work.
You can expect that they will mostly try to find you this type of work, although if you have experience in areas such as medical transcription, then make them aware of this as they also specialize in finding these types of jobs for disabled professionals as well.
As of the time of this writing, NTICentral does not charge you for this service, it is a non-profit that matches you up with prospective employers for the purpose of finding you telework. If you find that this changes, please let us all know by posting in the comments below, so we can "pay it forward" for others who are seeking out this type of information. =)
NTICentral.org also has two other divisions that help to find jobs for disabled professionals. These positions are not necessarily work at home positions, rather, they may help to place you in your typical office setting but these are companies that place Americans with disabilities in a "brick and mortar" type setting.
So for those of you that prefer the companionship and pleasant socialization that can come from working with other live human beings and cannot bear to be alone in your office all day, then this might be a better fit for you.
Transcription work may be another option for you if you are able to type fast and have access to an up to date computer.
Keep in mind that the pay for these types of jobs may start out being low but may be better once you get the hang of it.
For more on this type of work, please visit my page on Transcription work found here.
If you have a specific set of skills such as in the areas of:
Writing, IT knowledge, Graphic design or Accounting then there are many jobs that can be found at Freelance work sites, and many of these sites are free to join, leaving you able to peruse their job boards in your chosen area of expertise.
Even if you have none of these skills, you may be surprised at what types of jobs you find here (these are mostly short-term "projects" rather than long term employment).
In fact, I recently read a very inspiring book about a single mom with grave disabilities who turned her life around by practically living on the oDesk site and taking on jobs as she was able.
Some resources for you to get prepared for the candidate qualification process....
1. Polish your resume.
Make sure it is excellent. It will make you stand out to potential employers when you are ready to start working.
If you need help with your resume, please do get help from a friend or a family member who can help you create a sharp resume, or if you can afford it, it's worth it to pay a professional service to put one together for you. A great resume service I recommend is :
2. Prepare yourself mentally for what it takes to telecommute from home.
A great book that that I recommend is:
The book details how to create a schedule that you will stick with, how to manage your other responsibilities and how to set up a home office.
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