A disability -- whether mental or physical -- need not keep an individual from getting and excelling at a job. As with any occupation, the issue is matching the individual’s talents, experience, training and skills to the position. Disabled people are found in many occupations.
Limits with Options
A disability can be present at birth or occur later in life. A person who is disabled at birth can still have a satisfying career and often has access to special educational assistance or other kinds of support to help find a job. Depending on the disability, an individual who becomes disabled as an adult might be able to return to a former job. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees, such as modifying a workstation or providing adaptive tools. A secretary who is paralyzed from the waist down, for example, could return to a former position after rehabilitation. In other cases, a person who becomes disabled can undergo vocational rehabilitation to prepare for a new career.
Finding a Job
The federal government actively recruits and hires people with disabilities, according to the Office of Personnel Management. State and local government agencies also have active programs to hire the disabled. Self-employment might be an option for some individuals, depending on the disability and the individual’s talents. Careers for People with Disabilities, an employment service, reports their clients have found employment as accountants, bus drivers, child care attendants, floral designers, food service workers, laboratory technicians, licensed practical nurses, office managers, sales representatives and teacher’s aides.