Employment can be difficult to find after a spinal cord injury and there are many factors to consider but it can be done! Many people have returned to work after a spinal cord injury or diagnosis.
It may be necessary to look for a job in a different field than pre-injury and you may need some additional training or education. You might decide to start your own business! Whatever your path is there are many resources available to help people with disabilities obtain employment.
Don’t know where to start? The Job Accommodation Network has great information to help you find a job that is right for you! CLICK HERE
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employers are required to provide “reasonable accommodations” to qualified job applicants and employees with disabilities. It’s really important to know your rights so you may be your own advocate in the workplace. What are reasonable accommodations?
How will my benefits be affected if I return to work? This is a very big concern for many people with SCI/D. Some benefits may be affected depending on your income. It is important to know this information when looking for employment.
Vocational Rehabilitation Programs are available in every state. This program can assist you finding employment and obtaining education/training to qualify you for certain positions. Additionally, VR may be able to help navigate accommodations for you to be able to perform your job duties. Look up your local Vocation Rehabilitation office for more information.
Additional resources for finding employment if you are a person with a disability.
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