Good Jobs for the Learning Disabled
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Any job that a learning disabled person can do with the help of vocational rehabilitation counselors, understanding bosses and supportive co-workers will be a good job. Individuals with a specific learning disability or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) can receive counseling from their local office of vocational rehabilitation. This prepares them for work at jobs that suit their skills and ability level.
Accommodating Workers with Learning Disabilities
Every U.S. state has a government vocational rehabilitation office. In addition to job placement, these offices provide on-the-job training, assistive technologies and some financial support. They also counsel people who are starting a new job. State vocational rehabilitation counselors determine a person's eligibility for services and advise on career planning. Documentation of diagnosed disabilities helps the counselors make these determinations.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects workers with learning disabilities in the workplace. These workers can request "modifications of policies" to help compensate for their disability. For example, according to ADA's Article II, workers with a learning disability who need help with reading or writing can ask for extra time to take a test for certification or they can request a reader. This removes any disadvantage the worker might have next to other non-disabled workers.
Working in a Call Center
People with learning disabilities may have problems concentrating on detailed tasks, reading or writing. Depending on the specific disability, certain jobs bypass the necessity to do these tasks. For example, a suitable job for a person who has these problems is to work at a call center or do telemarketing. These jobs require communication skills, which can be taught and improved with practice. Advice from supervisors and co-workers also aids the performance of a learning disabled worker.
Being a Personal Assistant and Office Work
A person with a learning disability often excels as a personal assistant. The learning disabled person learns to perform many tasks well under the close supervision of the person being assisted. This job allows for ongoing on-the-job training as the worker attempts to fulfill each assigned task. The employer assesses the skills and talents of the worker and gives support and feedback as needed. Office work with simply defined tasks offers another good job for persons with learning disabilities, as long as distractions are kept to a minimum and clear and patient instructions are given.
Physical Work and Sports Instructors
Jobs that involve physical activity, including dancing, teaching sports and leading groups of school children in jogging, running or playing games provide a positive work option for persons with learning disabilities. These jobs do not require reading, writing or calculating. With the appropriate training, the worker excels and gains a strong sense of job satisfaction. People with learning disabilities often do very well working with people, and everyone benefits when the workers are well-trained and high-functioning.
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