As the pandemic slows down and businesses begin to reopen, the economy returns with an abundance of job openings. Although, there’s a large community of employers that discriminate against disabled people. The problem is most companies are strongly averse to hiring those who are considered “different.”
Society has an unrealistic perception of “disabilities.” Most think autistic people are incapable of completing the duties of a job, contributing to a project, or even solving quotidian problems. In reality, people with neurological differences have unique brain processes and respond to information in a more efficient manner. Which means when everyone else in the office is enduring the same problem, a neurodiverse person would easily find the solution.
While we wait for the world to change its discriminatory ways, there are an abundance of resources that the disabled could use to prepare for the workforce.
In Need of Training?
There are plenty of opportunities to strengthen expertise. Every state has a local vocational rehabilitation agency that offers free resources and training for industry-specific skills. Once complete, one could visit an American Job Center or CareerOneStop.org for efficient job searching platforms. The officials will help find unemployment benefits and/or grants for disabled workers.
If you’re currently pursuing a degree, make sure to research your state’s education rights. They are several sections that grant Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education. Not to mention Title II prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by state and local government.
For kids to receive special education services, they should be enrolled in IEP, which stands for “Individualized Education Program.” This plan ensures a child with an identified disability - who is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution - receives specialized instruction and related services.
If you’re a prospective employee, you’re probably familiar with the several job boards for disabled people. One that’s useful is disABLEDpeson.com, which has more than 300,000 jobs available. Unlike other disability job boards, disABLED doesn’t aggregate job listings from other Web sites; the employers themselves post the jobs directly.
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And finally, just know that when times are tough - people always persevere. If you need more information, please write to us: Info@Assistees.com