Finding a Job with a Learning Disability
Getting a job is an intimidating enough task for most people. But for those with a learning disability, the process can be particularly challenging. Fortunately, there are ways to make finding a job easier and achievable.
Research Job Descriptions
The best way to get a job with a learning disability is to research job descriptions that fit your skills and interests. Look for ones that don’t require complex tasks or lengthy language. A learning disability doesn’t define your strengths, so focus on what you can do.
These are some tips for research:
- Identify jobs that use skills you’re strong at. This could include unskilled or low-skilled labor, like working in sanitation, retail, logistics, etc.
- Look for jobs that require some type of visual or hands-on experience. Working with your hands makes it easier to focus and stay on task.
- Look for jobs that don’t require complex problem solving. The more linear and structured the job is, the higher the chance you’ll be successful.
Understand Your Employer’s Perspective
Having a learning disability doesn’t have to be a barrier to getting a job. Employers understand that everyone has different abilities and disabilities, so it’s important to explain your condition and disability openly and honestly.
When you’re meeting with a potential employer, make sure to explain your disability in a process that’s respectful and understandable. Explain what you’re able to do, and also how you plan to manage your disability to ensure success on the job.
Work with a Disability Resource Center
There are plenty of resources available to help you find a job. Work with your local disability resource office to find job postings that fit your goals and skills. They can also give you advice on how to explain your disability to employers, and how to advocate for yourself in the job market.
Finding a job with a learning disability is a challenge, but it’s not impossible. With the right resources and information, you can find a job that works for you. Don’t let your disability prevent you from finding a job you love.