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To stick with the theme of Career Profiles, this month I am going to discuss the topic of the best jobs for candidates with physical disabilities. As a woman with a physical disability, I am no stranger to the challenges that one faces when obtaining a job. Even if I fulfill the qualifications and requirements of a particular position, it doesn’t always mean that my employment at the company in question will be without struggles. If a workplace isn’t accustomed to hiring an applicant with a physical disability in their space, it will be a work in progress as they strive to make all the necessary accommodations a reality. At the end of 2012, the unemployment rate for job candidates with disabilities was 13.4% which is 5.6% higher than the nation’s average rate. In an effort to increase the amount of jobs available to individuals with disabilities, and to lower their unemployment rate, the U.S. Department of Labor devised a plan. They proposed a change to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, called the “Final Rule” in which a lot of U.S. companies would be required broaden their workforces. As a result, 7% of their employee populations would be disabled employees. This was set in motion by March of 2014.
How can such a dramatic increase happen, you ask? A huge factor is having workplaces instate more advanced tools that will accommodate the varied needs of different types of employees, no matter what their capabilities are. Also, an overall shift in attitudes will make way for more opportunity and change within each individual company. Specifically, this would mean the disbanding of any type of preconceived notions towards individuals with disabilities--realizing that even if they have to do the job differently, doesn’t mean that it can’t be done as successfully as anyone else.
Here are the top 10 jobs for people with physical disabilities:
If you’d like to read up more on this topic, check out this article from which I referenced some of the above mentioned data. Hope that this month’s blog has inspired you to believe that any position you wish to obtain can be yours! Happy job hunting :)
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