Disability is any condition that makes it more difficult for a person to do certain activities or interact with the world around them. These conditions, or impairments, may be cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, sensory, or a combination of multiple factors.What is it like to be a disability support worker? “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.” (bestcolleges.com )
“A job in disability support is life changing for the people with disabilities and for the support staff. It can be demanding and requires a lot of patience, but it’s also very rewarding. As long as the support worker has patience, a sense of humor, good communication skills, and an ability to adapt.” (pathwaysofpa.com 2018) Sometimes it is hard to find a job that will help with training the person knowing they have a disability. The laws for disabled people are difficult for. Many of our disabled workers can only work a few hours. This makes it difficult to get a job and keep it knowing they can only work fewer hours, compared to a normal person.
Knowing ways to work with people who have disabilities and knowing how to interact with them. “Always be patient and considerate of individuals whose disabilities require them to move or speak at a relatively slow rate.” (bestcolleges.com/ )
In the article Etiquette for Working With Students With Disabilities: demonstrates some ways in how to interact with workers who have disabilities. For example by making full eye contact when talking with someone who is physically disabled and avoid prolonged staring. When meeting someone who is deaf or appears to have a cognitive or speech disability, be sure to address this person clearly and maintain a normal tone of voice. Always be mindful of doors, stairs, and other everyday features that may impede someone who uses a wheelchair or has other physical limitations. Offer assistance if a person with disabilities appears to be struggling, but also be respectful if he or she prefers to be independent and declines the offer. (bestcolleges.com/ )
The options below are some inspiring jobs for disabled adults in wheelchairs. And the income they will make as a worker. (Gerencer, Tom.2019)
Architect—This job requires lots of schooling.—$74,648
Creative jobs for people with mental disabilities. People with mental disabilities tend to go into creative jobs. Because Art is considered therapeutic and they seek jobs on the creative side. Here are some artistic jobs provided by (Gerencer, Tom.2019)
- Interior Designer—$56,462
- Video Editor—$46,274
- Computer Animator—$61,000
- Sound Engineer—$44,234
- Graphic Designer—$48,256
- People with disabilities can work and be very successful. Everyday people with disabilities play sports. Or go into the Olympics to compete nationally And they faced their demons and won in everyday lessons.“Trischa Zorn is the most successful Paralympic athlete ever. Trischa Zorn was born blind and she won 55 medals in total, 41 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze medals between 1980 and 2004 for the United States.” (disabilityhorizons.com 2016)
Or you hear someone climbed a mountain that has prosthetic legs or arms. And they climb the mountain with stamina and confidence. These people become hero’s to others that have disabilities, and that it does not mean the end of the world. But create a community of all races, color, gender, and religions.
To conclude: People who have disabilities can work and be successful. They become real people that are determined for excellence. They can really make the industry better for everyone. There should be more jobs willing to hire them and not discriminate because they have a disability. But sometimes getting a job is harder for the disabled applicants.
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