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Finding Work While Living with a Disability

Finding the right employment can be difficult for anyone and even harder if you have a disability. But there are people who can help.

A disability shouldn’t preclude anyone from engaging in the workforce. It’s well recognised that paid work can provide physical and mental benefits that can’t be gained through other activities. If you have an injury, health condition or disability, you may be eligible for disability employment services that can help you find rewarding employment.

Suitable Industries and Jobs for People with Disabilities 

There are many jobs that are suitable for individuals with a disability. Some jobs will suit a person with a physical disability, while other roles may be better suited to a person with an intellectual disability.

Some job roles can be modified to better suit a person that has a disability. People that have a physical disability are often well suited to office-based roles, such as:

  • Office Administrator
  • Bookkeeper/Accountant
  • Call Centre Operator
  • Receptionist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Teacher/Teacher’s Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist

Some of the roles listed above may also be suitable to people with an intellectual disability, as well as the following:

  • Fulfillment Officer
  • Receptionist
  • Designer
  • Photographer/Assistant
  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Nursery Worker or Landscaper

How to Find Employment While Living with a Disability

If you’re living with a disability, you may find that looking for work can be daunting. Despite this, there are a number of individuals and organisations in Australia that can assist you. Let’s take a look at some things you can do while searching for work.

Ask Family & Friends

Let your network of family and friends know that you’re looking for work and the type of role you’re after. They may know of a vacancy, or be able to make some suggestions.

Check Employment Websites

Almost every industry advertises roles on sites like Seek, CareerOne and Indeed. Even if the advertised role isn’t suitable for you, the ads can give you an insight into the organisation and what they do. You could contact the organisations that interest you and let them know you’re keen to work for them and the type of roles or work you’re interested in. They may have a role available now or will keep you in mind for a future vacancy.

Career Counsellor

Many people find it difficult to know what types of careers they would be good at or will find the most enjoyable. In some cases, seeing a career counsellor can help narrow the field of job opportunities. Once you know where your strengths and interests lie, it can be easier to focus your job search efforts.
Disability Employment Service Providers

Altius Group offers a range of innovative health, employment, risk and claims solutions for people and workplaces around Australia. One of our focuses as an organisation is helping those living with a disability to find rewarding work opportunities.

CIM Employment Services

CIM Employment by Altius Group offers Disability Employment Services (DES) and Disability Management Services (DMS). Located in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia, CIM Employment supports those living with a disability in finding meaningful, suitable work, and to support workplaces to accommodate their needs. Altius Group provides a single point of contact for the recruitment process, including providing employee pre-screening and scheduling job interviews, with our services providing the following:

  • Free Recruitment Services

  • Work Assist Program

  • Wage Subsidies

  • Job Preparation Services

  • Career Transition Support

If you’re a job seeker, you can register your interest here

NDIS Services

Altius Group helps people build meaningful relationships with family, friends, and colleagues, as well as within their local community, to help achieve goals. As an NDIS service provider for therapeutic services and exercise physiology, Altius Group helps service recipients explore existing voluntary and employment opportunities that utilise their skills and experiences. Following a comprehensive review of a participant’s educational, employment and psychosocial history, and vocational skills, we aim to support participants in creating a career path that will underpin their future career choices.

If you’re looking for suitable work or can provide a workplace opportunity, please call on 1800 258 487 or contact us online.

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