How to find employment for the handicapped

Those with disabilities may have a little harder time finding local work but here are some tips on locating job opportunities.

Most of us have experienced the agony of looking for work and not finding anything. Going from job site to job site, filling out paperwork upon more paperwork can be very depressing. Finding employment for a friend or family member with a disability can prove to be an even larger challenge. The type of disability the person has plays a major part in whether or not work can be found readily. If the disability is one where limited leg movement is involved and the person is in a wheelchair work is usually available at places of business which have updated their workplaces to include entrance ramps and appropriate bathroom facilities. Some businesses pride themselves on hiring those with physical disabilities and many jobs can be found listed in the local paper.

A person with a physical disability is much more apt to find a job than ones with a mental disability. Physical disabilities may limit what types of job the person can do but mental disabilities can limit the actual performance of the job.

Many large cities have programs which work with young mentally disabled children to teach them to follow instructions and to stay on task. These programs help tremendously to prepare the children, as they get older, to find work. Sometimes just the fact that the child has been through this type of program can be a plus for an employer. The children usually start out in a large work shop until they have proven that they can work alone or with limited supervision for periods of time.



Repetitive work is a perfect choice for those with mental disabilities. Once the person has learned the steps it's usually easy for him to repeat the steps again and again with little error. There are usually work rooms which are set up just for this purpose. Local factories send work over to be done by the ones at the work room. The type of work that the factory needs done could be anything from separating nuts and bolts to cutting lengths of bubble wrap.

There are other programs which train young adults with mental disabilities to do the specific tasks needed locally. An area factory might consider hiring a group of the workers after a trial period at the plant. An overseer or a number of them accompany the workers each day to the factory. There is usually a defined area with nearby bathroom specifically for the group. The overseers make sure that the particular work is done in a timely and appropriate manner. For instance, one factory might pay a group of workers to empty paint from dented cans into new ones. The workers generally begin the job for less on the hour than the factory's average worker, saving the company money. Many companies allow raises to the workers if the work is done comparably to that of a regular worker. These programs are great for mentally disabled individuals who want to work but may need a little help in getting up on time or staying on task while working.

Your local Chamber of Commerce can probably tell you the names of some local organizations that work to find jobs for the disabled. Or check with the area disability office to see if they can direct you to a program that will help. The internet is another great resource for finding jobs for the disabled.

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