Tips For Working With A Disability
15% of the world’s population lives with a disability. Half of disabled people at the regular employment age are in part or full-time work. This is a rather low number when compared to the rest of the population, but numbers are on the rise due to developments in the workplace concerning disabilities.
It doesn’t have to be a constant fight to make your working life safer. Both visible and invisible disabilities have their own disadvantages and these will differ from person to person. However, most of the time any adjustments that can be made in a workplace will be standardised in their own way. Being able to use them properly will be a godsend in the process of improving your stamina, energy levels, and personal pride in your job.
First of all, know what you’re entitled to out of work
If you know the strain will make your health worse, don’t push yourself into employment. Sometimes this can’t be avoided when trying to make ends meet, but knowing what rights you have as an unemployed disabled person can help win the battle. When unemployed or only working a few shifts with unsubstantial pay, your disability shouldn’t hold you back from gaining the same living rights as healthy people. Equality acts exist in all sectors to protect people with disabilities from discrimination, immediately making access to provisions commonplace by law.
Feel free to keep legal muscle on your side. Using legal services such as David Chermol can help you to either realize your rights or gain employment benefits when you can’t work. Depending on where you live in the world, make sure to check the disability section of your national government website for funding schemes or go directly to the benefits department if there is one, such as the SSA.
Take regular, quality breaks
Taking regular breaks at the workplace no matter if it's at home, an office, or a store, is necessary for your progress in your job. Employers are legally obligated to make reasonable adjustments to your break frequency, times, and length.
Take confidence in your skills
The most common reported impairment in disabled workers is mobility issues. You’re not alone in not feeling up to a task on a chronic basis. It's a good idea to apply your skills in your day to day routine to a job as well, and constantly be on the lookout for work that would work for you. Whilst settling often feels like the only option, you need to be able to have pride over what you can do. This will give you more motivation in future job hunts, the workplace itself, and ask for your needs to be accommodated.
Believe in other people around you
The modern world has a more sensitive viewpoint. Working in an able-bodied workforce doesn’t have to have negative connotations. In 2014, it was reported that 60% of disabled people believed attitudes had changed towards them in the past 20 years. Don’t feel downhearted about your job possibilities.