A reader contacted me recently about working from home with a disability.
This subject is near and dear to me.
My youngest son is autistic. And while he’s only 11 years old, I think often about his future, how he will take care of himself, what type of work he’ll do.
The school he attends has an option for learning vocational-type stuff so I’m thrilled about that.
It’s my belief that anyone who wants to work should be able to work.
And that includes working from home.
If you have a disability and you have a desire to work from home, you’re in luck.
Keep reading for options and resources:
Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program available to people ages 18 through 64 who are blind or have a disability and who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Participants can sign up with an approved service provider and they will work with you to come up with appropriate employment options. Services offered may include job coaching, job counseling, training, benefits counseling and job placement.
To find an approved provider in your area, just click here to get started.
There are a few companies that hire disabled individuals:
Direct Interactions - Direct Interactions provides work from home jobs for U.S.-based workers, caregivers, military family members, and people with disabilities who are physically unable to commute. Most of the jobs are customer service, receiving and/or making phone calls and the pay is $10 to $12 per hour. If hired, you’ll be an independent contractor (you’ll be responsible for paying your own taxes and for your benefits).
For current open positions and to start the application process, click here.
Minimum requirements for Direct Interactions are:
Must be 18 years of age or older
Legally able to work in the U.S.
Earned a high school diploma or G.E.D.
They do not hire in the following states: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania or Washington DC.
Want to learn more about working from home?
MyEmployment Options is an approved Ticket to Work provider that offers free job placement and other vocational services in 47 states in both Work At Home and local community positions for beneficiaries - awesome!
Minimum requirements are:
High School Diploma/GED
Able to work a set schedule which often includes weekends & full-time training hours
PC (no MAC) with minimum 1.6 GHz processor, 2 GB RAM and 40 GB free space
Excellent computer navigation skills (move between multiple windows and programs)
Type at least 35 words or per minute (practice at www.typingtest.com prior to applying)
Existing High Speed Internet access at home (Ethernet, no Wireless)
Quiet, noise-free home office space that is free of distractions
Clear speaking phone voice
My Employment Options partners with companies to provide work from home positions in the following areas:
RN Case Management
Let me know if these resources help. Until next time!