A Guide to Remote Job Searching for People with a Disability

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Now more than ever, job seekers are in need of resources to help them get back to work.

Remote jobs can be a great option for those with disabilities looking to work from home due to safety or transportation concerns. This environment also allows employers to embrace diversity and inclusion without restricting applicants to a specific office setting that may not be suitable for everyone’s needs.

Studies have shown that employees who have the freedom to work from home typically experience a better work-life balance. Without having to worry about a long or stressful commute, you’ll find more time in the day to do things you enjoy rather than spending that time in traffic. Additionally, you could find yourself saving a few bucks as you fill your gas tank less frequently.

You must also keep in mind what kind of office setting is best for your needs. If you’re the type who thrives on face-to-face interactions, you may prefer an in-person position. Alternatively, you may find that you’re more productive when you have time to work without the distractions that come with an office full of people.

If you are looking to get into a remote position, the following resources can help you in your job search:

  1. National Telecommuting Institute: The National Telecommuting Institute aims to train and assist people with disabilities, as well as those who care for them, to obtain work-from-home call center jobs. In 2019 alone, NTI@Home has helped more than 600 individuals with disabilities find part or full-time jobs.
  2. disABLEDperson focuses primarily on disability employment. You can find thousands of active disabled job listings, post a resume, and take advantage of the site’s email and SMS texting job alerts. Simply search the phrase “Work from Home” in the listings to see remote opportunities.
  3. AbilityLinks: This job site not only allows you to search listings by title and location, but you can also filter results based on specific accommodations such as mobility, vision, hearing, and mental health. Search for “Work from Home” using the site’s Keyword or Title search box.
  4. AbilityOne: An independent federal agency, AbilityOne offers job training and opportunities for those with disabilities. You can also find available positions through AbilityOne partners, the National Industries for the Blind and SourceAmerica by searching for “Work from Home” opportunities.
  5. We Work Remotely: Search through listings on this remote work community in specific career categories such as design, customer support, programming, and more.

In a year filled with uncertainty and a break from traditional workplace expectations, remote work is more popular than ever. Be sure to make the most of these flexible office options to determine what kind of environment is best for your needs and personality.