Employment After Spinal Cord Injury

Employment After Spinal Cord Injury

Finding the right job is a challenge for most people. When you’re living with a spinal cord injury it can be ten times more difficult.

There are many additional obstacles wheelchair users encounter in their pursuit of employment or returning to work after spinal cord injury. But if you speak with anyone who has faced those challenges, they’ll tell you it is worth it.

Below is a list of some of the common barriers to employment for people with disabilities, along with solutions that can help remove them.

Lack of Reasonable Accommodations
Finding an employer that’s willing to accommodate your needs can sometimes be daunting, even when you have the skills for the job. Critical factors like an accessible work space, assistive technology to fulfill job requirements, and flexible work schedules all come into play. But you have every right to reasonable accommodations in the workplace. Make sure you know your rights and what laws protect them.

More information and resources on reasonable accommodations.

Fear of Losing Benefits
Many people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders are reluctant to pursue a career out of fear of losing Medicare or Medicaid benefits. Programs like Ticket to Work can be a good fit for those who want to improve their earning potential and strive for long-term success in the workplace. And there are other options you should know about.

More information for those receiving benefits and interested in working.

Nobody Wants to Hire a Wheelchair User
This is a huge misconception. While you may initially be nervous about entering the workforce, there are thousands of companies who believe in the value of inclusion and are looking to hire talented people with disabilities. The right company can alleviate your worries and make you feel welcomed from Day 1. Keep searching…

Federal Government Employment

Federal Contractor Employment

Agencies to Assist in Finding a Job

State by State Employment Resources

It’s Overwhelming
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed, and at times, frustrated with the job search. Fear not, there are outlets for support that can assist with matching your individual needs, skill set and experience with the right employer. And you will discover new opportunities to grow and thrive on your career path. United Spinal’s Pathways to Employment program is a great starting point, providing access to valuable resources and useful tips and information to begin your journey. Request employment assistance.

United Spinal Association

2 Replies to “Employment After Spinal Cord Injury”

  1. There are 2 general tracks to employment after SCI-a fast track where people return to their preinjury job or preinjury profession and a slower track that is generally associated with needs for further reeducation and training. Working to return the individual to the preinjury job or to a position related to their preinjury occupation may substantially shorten the interval to return to work. In cases where this is not possible, counselors must work with individuals to understand the timeline of return to work and identify realistic educational goals that fit both the individual’s interest pattern and postinjury abilities.

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