If you are in a wheelchair, it can be difficult to decide if you should disclose your disability while job searching. However according to DisabledPerson.com, a charity organization with a focus on disability employment, you shouldn't look at yourself as a disabled person searching for a job, you should look at yourself as a highly qualified worker who happens to be disabled.
If you have basic office experience and are familiar with office equipment, then data entry is something you might want to consider.
Data entry workers enter information into computer programs, so this is basically a job where you are stationary all day. The job may also require that you do light filing, or write basic reports. As long as you are able to use a computer, and you can type fairly quickly, you may make a good candidate for this type of work.
Sales and Customer Service
Many sales and customer service positions allow you to be at a desk all day so being in a wheelchair would not be an issue. As long as you don't mind being on the phone all day and possibly dealing with disgruntled customers, you might be a good fit.
However, if you prefer a job that allows you to get out and mingle, being in a wheelchair can be an advantage. An article on NewDisability.com suggests that you use your wheelchair as an asset by getting a job with a company that sells wheelchairs or other medical accessories. The author suggests you contact companies whose products you use as you may be a good productive representative, or you may be able to consult with them on new ideas.
Federal Government Jobs
The federal government offers jobs that only people with disabilities can apply for. These are called non-competitive jobs. According to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, if you have documentation of your disability, you can send your resume, as well as the documentation to the Selective Placement Coordinators of the agency where you are applying.
If you end up being considered for a job, you may have to prove that you are able to perform it by obtaining a Certification of Job Readiness.
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