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How to Help People With Disabilities Find a Job

by Melody Dawn, studioD

It can be difficult for the average person to find a job, especially in a tough economy. For those with disabilities it can be even more difficult if they require accommodations, such as special equipment, before they can start work. If you know someone who is disabled, you can be a big help assisting her with her job search. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 18 percent of individuals with disabilities were employed in 2011.

Look at the person's resume and update it to include the most current skills. For anyone looking for a job, it is important to provide potential employers with a background on who you are and what type of job you are looking for.

Ask the individual about their disability if you do not know. It is important that you know what type of job to look for, so you can help her overcome any challenges when she is looking for a job. For example, if she is unable to stand for long periods of time, you should help her find a job where she is able to sit.

Contact your local branch of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management for job listings. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, using the schedule A appointing authority, qualified candidates who meet the Office of Personnel Management's guidelines can be hired noncompetitively. Search select jobs that the person is qualified for with the federal government. Submit a resume for jobs of interest. Intern programs help provide on-the-job experience and teach new skills, and student employment programs help student get hands-on experience while they are still in school.

Check with your local Department of Labor about the Office of Disability Employment Policy. The ODEP provides the resources needed for a person with a disability to find gainful employment. The Labor Department also has job development specialists who work with individuals to match an individual to a prospective employer.

Talk to everyone you know about a job for someone with disabilities. Networking is an excellent way to help someone locate a job. When you see a help wanted sign, check to see what the other employees are doing to see if the job would be a good fit.

Search want ads to locate jobs that might be of interest. Most employers will make reasonable accommodations if the applicant is qualified to do the job.

About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Melody Dawn has been writing business articles and blogs since 2004. Her work has appeared in the "Gainesville Times," "Player's Press" and "USA Today." She is also skilled in writing product descriptions and marketing materials. Dawn holds a Master of Business from Brenau University.

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