These Resources Will Help Disabled People Find Work-From-Home Jobs

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Though it’s difficult to estimate exactly how many Americans with disabilities work from home, about 7% of the total population of people with disabilities telecommutes some or all of the time instead of traveling to their employer’s office.

When you add the number of Americans with disabilities who hold jobs that are completely home-based, the number is likely to be much higher.

It can be a challenge to find exclusively work from home jobs whether you’re a person with disabilities or not. Adding medical considerations to the mix could make it even more difficult to find home-based work.

Here are some resources that may help.

Work-From-Home Jobs for People With Visual Impairments

1. Project Starfish is an employment platform that trains blind individuals for virtual work opportunities in high-demand business skills like social media, virtual administration, sales and marketing.

The organization also helps blind job seekers develop professional network connections with small businesses and startups that may lead to long-term employment opportunities.

According to the company’s website, participants in the Project Starfish management consultant program “work virtually from home via phone, internet, and Skype, and can be based anywhere in the United States.”

2. Entrepreneurial-minded people who want to own and run their own home-based business can apply to the Business Enterprise Program through their state’s vocational rehabilitation center.

The program gives blind individuals priority access to a training curriculum that teaches people how to run food service facilities in federal and state buildings. The program also offers interest-free loans to help them set up a coffee shop, deli, snack bar or other kiosk that sells food and beverages.  

3. Transcription jobs are popular options for people looking for work-from-home opportunities. A variety of industries, from law enforcement to legal and medical fields, rely on transcriptionists as vital parts of their workflow process.

4. Mystery shopping, survey work, phone-based customer service jobs and freelance writing are also good ways for visually impaired people to earn money.

5. Be sure to check with your local LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired chapter for work-from-home jobs in your area.

Work-From-Home Jobs for People With Hearing Impairments

1. Though many work-from-home jobs are phone-based, some don’t require workers to have or use phones at all.

2. People with limited or or no hearing may want to look into becoming a search engine evaluator with Appen, Lionbridge or Leapforce. The job is entirely computer-based and pays between $12 and $15 per hour.

3. If a search engine evaluator job isn’t appealing, consider its close cousin, social media evaluator. Keep an eye on Appen’s career page to find out when jobs open up.

4. People with a sharp eye and a love of photo editing should head over to stock photography website Shutterstock. It regularly hires work-from-home image, illustration and footage reviewers to make sure user-submitted content meets the company’s editorial standards.

Work-From-Home Jobs for People With Mobility Impairments

While some people who use wheelchairs don’t have limitations that prevent them from doing some of the jobs we’ve already mentioned, people with limited use of their hands, arms or upper body may need different types of home-based jobs.

1. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society offers a number of service, resource and job suggestions on work-from-home employment opportunities for people with limited mobility.  

2. People with upper body limitations who can use a phone (with or without accommodations) may want to check into voice-based work-from-home jobs like foreign language interpretation, customer service or tutoring.

3. Home-based writing, editing and proofreading jobs may also be a possibility using a computer with assistive software. Employment database FlexJobs is a terrific resource for finding this type of work-from-home jobs, although there are monthly and yearly service fees to access the listings.

Work-From-Home Jobs for People With Cognitive or Developmental Impairments

Work-from-home jobs for people with cognitive or developmental impairments are as varied as each person’s unique limitations and circumstances.

1. Some people with a cognitive impairment excel in fields that require technical skills.

2. Others flourish in creative or performing arts.

A vocational counselor or your state’s vocational rehabilitation center can help assess which jobs are right for you.

No matter what type of work-from-home job you’re looking for, be sure to keep an eye on our Jobs page on Facebook — we post new jobs there all the time.

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She loves helping readers find new job opportunities. Look her up on Twitter @lisah if you’ve got a tip or idea to share.

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