Finding Jobs When Disabled

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Whether your disability benefits just aren’t enough to make ends meet or you were denied benefits and can’t find a job that will accommodate you, disabilities can greatly impact your ability to make money. The good news is there are now job search options specifically for people with disabilities. Here are four of them:

The governments Office of Personnel Management has information regarding how to find employment when you have a disability under the Disability Employment tab. You will also find a Selective Placement Program Coordinator Directory. Get in touch with your local Selective Placement Program Coordinator (SPPC) to find out about jobs for the disabled in your area. 

This website has a listing of government jobs. When applying, state that you want to apply under Schedule A, which is a hiring authority that allows for the hiring of disabled individuals without them having to compete for it. To clarify, Schedule A is only available for those with “severe mental of physical disability”, though there is no set definition for what this means so it is open to interpretation. 

Ability One helps the blind and significantly disabled find employment. You can either use their locator to nonprofits that work with Ability One, or visit their site Careers with Vision (link on webpage). Most of the jobs are for manufacturing and delivering products and services for the Federal Government.

NTI helps disabled individuals find work they can do from home. This is the best way to find at-home jobs without having to try to figure out which ones are scams. Before applying, check out the Hiring Process Walkthrough so that you know what to expect.

Please be advised that if you are receiving Social Security Benefits, you generally cannot make more than $1,130 per month and continue receiving benefits. Calculating your monthly income before accepting a job will help you prevent losing them. Even with this restriction, supplementing your income can make a huge difference. If you do not receive disability benefits, knowing that you can find a job that works with your disability will alleviate so much stress.


By: Alecia Stanton

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