Finding Employment with an Intellectual Disability: Our top 3 tips

Tara

Tara, the founder of Me Plus More, mum of 3 young boys and 2 fish. Plus, I have enough plants to fill a small forest! I also have a bachelor’s degree in applied science and a master’s degree in international public health.
Published: Nov 26, 2021

Finding Employment with an Intellectual Disability: Our top 3 tips

Finding a job can be hard.

There might be:

  • Social stigma
  • Office spaces that are hard to access
  • Not much flexibility
  • A lack of understanding about disabilities.

But you can feel confident. 

With good support and advice, you can find a job that works for you. 

To help you find employment, we have 3 tips to share. 

  1. Know your strengths and goals 
  2. Get good support
  3. Be flexible

Tip 1: Know your strengths and goals

As a person with a disability, you have a lot to offer.

Companies will appreciate your fresh perspective and unique experience. 

To find a job that works for you, it helps to think about: 

  • What are your best skills? 
  • What do you want to do? 
  • What makes you happy? 
  • Do you prefer loud or quiet spaces? 
  • Do you like working alone or with others? 
  • What physical or technological support do you need? 

Tip 2: Get support

 

Finding a job can be tricky for everyone.

But working with a career support counsellor can help.

These services can help you:

  • connect with employment experts 
  • Understand your skills and strengths
  • Create a successful cover letter and resume
  • Find resources, networks and agencies to help you. 

Tip 3: Consider volunteering or part-time work

If you can volunteer or start in a part-time role, it can help you reach your goals.

Volunteering or working part-time can help you become known, meaning employers will think of you for future jobs. 

It’s also a good way to ease into employment.

Remember: everyone deserves employment. With a little thought and support you will find the right role for you.

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