Using Technology to Advance Your Career When You Live With a Disability

If you live with a disability, you likely experience challenges that many other people in the workforce do not. The good news is that there are more job opportunities, resources, and tools than ever before to help those with a disability succeed in their careers. The key is to know where to look and what tools can help you on your journey. Here are some simple tips for how you can utilize technology to benefit your career when you have a disability.

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Look for home-based opportunities.

Whether you are looking for part-time or full-time work, the web is your best friend. Online job sites and job boards make it easier than ever to find legitimate remote job opportunities for working from home. And we’re talking about a wide variety of jobs—everything from engineering to web design to technical writing. These resources are also great for finding talent if you're looking to start a business (or are already running one).

Learn remotely.

Even if you are not currently looking for a job or trying to launch a business, the web can help you move your career prospects forward. For instance, if your dream is to become a CPA, you could go back to school and earn an online accounting degree. If you want to get started in the healthcare industry, you could pursue a degree in health and nursing. Or if you have a passion for technology, an IT degree might be right up your alley. Contemplate your leanings, and chances are you can find a program that fits.

Take advantage of assistive technologies.

Whatever kind of work you choose to do, chances are there are assistive technologies (AT) that can help with your everyday tasks. For example, adapted keyboards can be customized to accommodate those who only have the use of one hand, and they’re typically ergonomic, which can add much-needed comfort throughout the workday. Screen readers will read the content of a page in a computerized voice, which is useful for those who are blind or have low vision. If you have limb loss or joint or muscle issues, voice recognition software can prove invaluable.

Even if your job doesn’t involve office work, you can likely find AT to suit your needs. For instance, you can get an all-terrain wheelchair and adaptive bale spear if you work on a farm and have mobility issues. Screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers, and other hand tools are available to accommodate those with limited hand strength. You can even have your vehicle (e.g., truck, tractor, combine, etc.) modified if you have limited mobility.

Use apps.

Finally, LifeZest notes there are a plethora of mobile apps designed to assist people with disabilities in their work, as well as in their overall health and well-being. And this includes a wide range of disabilities and conditions, such as autism, dyslexia, blindness/visual impairments, deafness/hearing impairments, limited mobility, and Alzheimer’s and dementia. Consider your smartphone’s (or tablet’s) operating system, and research the many apps available that can help you to work more efficiently and live an all-around higher quality of life.

In this day and age, there are a wealth of technologies that can accommodate your disability and help you succeed in your career. Remember to take advantage of the web whether you’re starting a business or furthering your education. And look into all of the assistive technology that can prove useful along the way. You’ll be achieving your career goals in no time!

By Guest Writer Patrick Young of Able USA

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