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Finding jobs for people with disabilities

Job seekers with disabilities face a tough task as the unemployment rate amongst them is almost double those without.

So people with disabilities seeking jobs should start with making a list of companies that are disabled friendly and have specific jobs reserved for them or government listings reserved for them. Another good source is websites that specialize in opportunities that accommodate people with disabilities.

Here is a list of different job websites that have listings for people with disabilities.

Disability Job Exchange

Disability Job Exchange (DJE) is a government-sponsored website and a subsection of the American Job exchange.

It is a leading platform for employers seeking workplace diversity. It connects thousands of job seekers to hundreds of small, midsize, and Fortune 500 companies looking to hire. 

You can browse open opportunities without creating an account, but to save jobs and searches, you’ll need to sign up with an account using your email address. You can browse opportunities by experience level, education level, salary range, state, metro area, category, or company. DJE contains over 750 different job titles in their database. Job seekers can also find links to relevant upcoming events, such as virtual career fairs specifically geared toward job hunters with disabilities.

disABLEDperson

Founded in 2002, disABLEDperson is a charitable organization that was created to increase the disability employment rate.

It has over 300,000 opportunities listed. What is unique about this site is that all the listings are added by the employers themselves rather than aggregated by a web scraper.

It is simple to register and search a job here. You can create your own login and even opt for messages for new listings. disABLEDperson lists jobs in all 50 U.S. states across 80 categories, including architecture, finance, human resources, IT, social services, retail, sales, writing, and more.

AbilityLinks 

The website was launched in 2001 and one of the pioneers in such specialized listings.

Since its launch, over 700 people have reported finding employment through the site. It is the only site that lets you search for jobs based on the type of disability you have. 

You can search for jobs using job titles, keywords, locations and employment type. The key differentiator here is, you can also filter by specific accommodations which are as follows: vision, hearing, neurodiversity, learning, mental health, or mobility. You’ll need to create an account with a username and password in order to apply to any listing you’re interested in. 

AbilityLinks lists jobs in fields such as architecture and engineering, food services, media, manufacturing, sales, and more.

USAJobs

It is a part of the US office of Personnel management and helps qualified candidates find employment at federal agencies. 

Although it is not exclusively meant for people with disabilities, it lists jobs from over 500 different agencies in 147 countries. The site lists positions open to veterans, military spouses, and the general public.

You can create and account and complete a profile where you have the option to designate if you’re a disabled job seeker. You can search for openings for people with disabilities by looking for the navy blue icon that denotes a person in a wheelchair. You can also easily find opportunities that welcome people with disabilities by checking off the “individuals with disabilities” filter.

CareerCast Disability Network 

One can search through job ads by specific criteria like job field and job title on this site. One can browse the site, but if you want to apply then one needs to SignIn. Accessing all of the site’s features is completely free!

Enable America

Unlike the previous entries, this site is not only a job-hunting platform. It is much more. You can find a lot of helpful information for any disabled job seeker on this website. The front page hosts the most accommodating companies in the US.

As dictated by law, employers have to provide appropriate accommodations at work as well as enable easier commute. Unfortunately, some employers find it challenging to meet these criteria.

But this transition to offering remote job facilities due to the pandemic will improve the situation for people with disabilities.  

Diana Coker
Diana Coker is a staff writer at The HR Digest, based in New York. She also reports for brands like Technowize. Diana covers HR news, corporate culture, employee benefits, compensation, and leadership. She loves writing HR success stories of individuals who inspire the world. She’s keen on political science and entertains her readers by covering usual workplace tactics.

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