What Is Considered a Disability in the Workplace?
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a person with a disability is considered to have a physical or mental disability that impacts one or more of his or her major activities.
These disabilities include physiological or psychological disorders, mental illness and certain learning disabilities.
Although an exhaustive list of major life activities is not specified, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has identified the following to be included: working, learning, caring for oneself, walking, seeing, hearing, breathing, and speaking.
What Are Examples of Disability Discrimination in The Workplace?
Disability discrimination means that people are treated differently because of their disability, their perceived disability, or their association with a person with a disability.
One example of discrimination is when an employer fails to take steps to make the workplace accessible or to provide appropriate accommodations for workers with physical or mental disabilities. Another example is when an employer asks for an applicant’s medical history or requires medical exams as part of the hiring process during a job interview.
How Do I Report Discrimination Based on Disability in The Workplace?
If you have noticed or experienced discrimination on the basis of disability in your workplace, you can either contact your company’s human resources department or file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice.
Procedures for filing a complaint of disability discrimination also vary from state to state.
Vocational Rehabilitation & Reasonable Accommodations
Federal agencies are required by law to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities unless doing so will result in undue hardship to the agency.
The accommodations make it easier for an employee, with a disability, to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Disability Employment and Hiring Processes in The Federal Government:
Individuals with disabilities may apply through the competitive hiring process, or in some circumstances, under the non-competitive hiring authority for individuals with disabilities (Schedule A).
The federal government regularly hires and engages persons with disabilities. They offer a variety of interesting positions, competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and opportunities for career advancement. It is quick and easy to hire persons with disabilities for positions in the federal government.
Persons with disabilities can be assigned to federal positions on a non-competitive basis through a process called “Schedule A”. Find out how to be considered for federal positions through the non-competitive process.
Persons with disabilities can also apply for jobs through a traditional or competitive process. To find federal jobs that you can apply for, use USAJOBS.gov.
Helpful Websites for Job Seekers with disabilities
Employment opportunities: Job Search Websites and Job Training Resources
- Ability Jobs-Affirmative Disability Action
- America’s Service Locator
- Bender Consulting Services
- Career Opportunities to Students With Disabilities (COSD)
- Enable America
WORK FROM HOME JOBS FOR DISABLED
“Disability is a matter of perception.” Every human has his strengths and his weakness. The best is that we focus on our strengths instead of weaknesses.
There is always a downcast feeling attached to not being able to qualify for jobs or do things you enjoy or dream of as career opportunities.
Now how about if you’ve decided to quit your current job to work from home? You are probably wondering what you could do to stay afloat during this long- or short-term period.
Here is a list of lucrative jobs that are super easy to do from the comfort of your home – whether as a full-time job or as a side job. While some of them require certain levels of expertise and skill, many stay-at-home jobs do not require experience or know-how.
Some of these skills include video/photo editing, virtual aid, sales, development, writing & editing, administration, and many more.
Freelancing is the best way to earn from home even as a disabled. As a freelancer, you can practice your expertise, learn a new one, or even be a consultant that dishes out the sweaty jobs to other people.
The beginning of freelancing starts with learning a skill. If you already have one, it starts with learning how to offer those skills remotely.
The next stage begins with learning how to market your skills to the right people who need your services. This will need knowledge of personal branding but don’t think small, many times, freelancers get to stages when they open a company with individual workers.
You can begin by building a portfolio. This is easily attained from freelance marketplaces where buyers come to fish for the best of skills, or even new hands to work with.
Always get your reviews and recommendation from your customers. If you do a great job, you are likely to get referrals from them.
Do not let the prospect of technological advancement dissuade you if you have a natural flair for customer service.
The truth remains that companies always need human personnel to ensure their customer service attains that top-notch quality they need.
So be rest assured that you won’t be lacking in patronage when you go all out as a freelancer in customer service. Simply browse through job boards or apply at an agency in need of such services.
For some of the jobs, a prerequisite will be to get accustomed to the information of the businesses just to hone the experience you will provide for the customers on the other end.
Edit Academic Essays And College Admission Essays
This is one of the branches of editing in general that requires a little bit of expertise to carry out. This is because editing academic essays require one to follow specific academic rules. One fact regarding this ‘stay-at-home job’ is that you will never lack clients, especially desperate or busy students.
Parents also want their kids to have the best chance they can to get them into whatever academic institution they choose. So, you can be sure that many are always willing to pay to snowball their child’s chances of getting accepted into college.
Writing And Editing
Writing and editing are some of the most lucrative jobs to take on when you decide to work from home. First of all, writing and editing is a broad field with tons of opportunities. Some aspects require skill, but there is nothing spectacular about their niche discripancies.
Whether you are an expert wordsmith or editor, there are plenty of opportunities to work from the comfort of your couch and the sound of your keyboard. These home writing and editing jobs range from creative to nominal and fluid.
Your writing and editing can be in any of these areas:
- Freelance Journalism
- Editing Proofreading
- Review Writing
- Writing Greeting Cards
Web And App Development
With the initiation of the digital era, web and app development are hot skills in the market, selling like wide fire. Don’t feel discouraged if your skills aren’t what they should be to carve you a niche in the business; loads of online classes are available to help you sharpen your edge.
Without a doubt, there will always be someone thinking of a new app they are ready to pay good money to have developed or a website they need to put their business on a digital platform.
This is one skill that is always in demand no matter the season, good for you if you have a good eye for design, color, and fonts. Hit key freelance or marketplace platforms to get gigs and pick up jobs. Another strategy to employ is to approach small enterprises as well as businesses just starting to source for jobs.
Sales of Handmade Crafts
Those handmade gifts you have devoted your time and love in creating are so not absurd at all. You’d be amazed at how many people are looking for unique crafts like yours for personal use or as the perfect gift for friends and loved ones.
What’s more, there are a lot of gifted people like you selling their craft on different platforms, so how about you join the train? There is always a market for everything, and your handmade masterpieces are not left out.
Ecommerce and Dropshipping
This is quite easy if you have got the know-how of CMS and advertising platforms. You will need to setup a store, add products of manufacturers to your store, get people to buy from your store through advertisement and funnels.
When they place an order, you send the order directly to your manufacturers, who then ships these products to the consumers.
Easy right!! Unless you order the product, you don’t even get to touch them.
Dropshipping is a lucrative industry, but you may need to conglomerate certain skills in advertising and branding in order to have a successful store.
Social Media Manager
This is one managing job where you do not have to be physically available to get things done.
Social media managing is also one job that many business owners do not have the time to do themselves. Are you a natural at creating content or engaging an online audience? Then maybe you ought to consider diving into this.
There is an added advantage if you have graphic design and video editing skills. You can also learn how to read the analytics and data to gain more money from the pocket of clients to yours.
Yes, you read right! Video editing can fetch you a lot of money if you know how to sell your services.
It would interest you to know that there are people who create videos but do not exactly enjoy editing their videos.
There are so many apps and software to help you reach that expert level and sign up on platforms to secure clients.
Data entry is one of the easiest jobs to do from the comfort of your home. This is because it requires no skill at all besides being good with a computer keyboard and having an eye for detail. Browse for companies in need of U.S.-based workers to ensure that you get paid for what your time is worth. Nevertheless, data entry does not pay so much.
Start a Podcast
Have you always like talking and sharing your ideas? Maybe you ought to channel that into podcasting.
Working at home gives you time to discuss at length all the topics you love and are passionate about.
When you begin to gain recognition, you can invite dignitaries and reputable people to handle a crucial topic in your podcast.
This earns you more followers and more recognition and opportunities begin to open from there.
The topics could be aything, it could be a podcasts curated to handle the challenges faced by fellow disabled people.
Take Surveys and Test Products
Because of the demand for optimal customer experience, most companies and online creators are on the lookout for people who can give feedback on their products.
Your job here is to take surveys, test applications, and websites even before they are released. When you are done testing, you provide honest feedback for the developers including the bugs, lags, and your best experience. After successfully conducting a survey, you get paid.
Payment from surveys may not be much, but there is nothing wrong with earning from trifling 10-20 minutes of lazy moments.
Here are some of the websites that conduct surveys:
- User Testing
- Tester Work
- Test Birds
- User Feel
Become a Tutor
The quest for knowledge never undermines the teacher. If you have some expertise to offer, you can start of with daily episodes of lessons, or better still, record full classes.
You can learn the ropes of certain applications that can help you illustrate while teaching other people.
You can leverage on tutor websites like Udemy, Allison and Cousera to sell videos of your teaching for money. This is quite better because the number of times you need to teach is once, after whcih you can add updates.
Yes!! Plug the microphone now, someone wants the content of your brains.
Online Translation Jobs
Translation services are on-demand online as most individuals, businesses and corporate bodies stumble upon the necessity to communicate with entities of another language.
Hence, if you understand two languages, you can pose as an online translator. Oftentimes, you deal with PDF and word files which implies you do not need sophisticated systems to get the best job done.
You can scale this skill to another level by offering website localization services from one language to another.
Become a Voice Over Artist
A great voice, a sonorous accent and fluency in English or any other language qualifies you as a voice over artist.
You earn from lending your voice for video and audio content online. They could be for ads, youtube channels, or even podcasts.
Remember, you are not disabled, you just have different strengths.
Here are some of the platforms where you can find voice-over gigs:
- Voice Bunny
- The Voice Realm
- Indeed Jobs
Transcription jobs are the easiest even though they take more time. It involves converting video and audio content to written content. This is a requirement for people who run youtube channels and also podcasts hosts.
If you cannot type, you can read into the microphone on google docs and have your words written automatically.
Make Money By Making Inquiries
This job is phone-based and all the requirements needed are a phone and your voice. Also known as mystery shopping, your job is to reach out to companies and ask tailored questions. You monitor their response and prompt actions, record them, and give feedback by filling a questionnaire.
It is almost like survey jobs where you get paid after the feedback. This time, the pay differs but still comparatively low, either way, it is a fun way of making little cash.
The marketing streams has a load of potentialities. You can be a consultant, specialize in outbound our inbound marketing.
You can also learn how to run ads to help keen clients who are so obsessed with getting their products to reach the right audience and customers.
The list is endless when it comes to things anyone – even a disabled – can do to earn a decent living from home.
Think of what you can do or what you would love to do and research all the possible options there are when it comes to making money from it.
Search for forums or communities that have to do with that particular job to get all the right answers to questions you may have.
If there are ways you feel I can help or answers that you need, you can reach out to the comment section and I will reply soonest!!