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The Struggle of Finding a Job When You’re Disabled
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The Struggle of Finding a Job When You’re Disabled

I don’t really have much work experience. When I was earning my associates degree, I worked in the accommodations office at my college and did two internships that were required for my field of study. Other than that, I have next to nothing. 

This has always been difficult for me because I want to work. I’m currently on SSi and searching for ways to eventually get off of it. I don’t like the fact of getting paid for doing nothing. I understand that I’m disabled and that last line may seem harsh – it’s just how I feel.

I don’t feel like a productive member of society. I can’t drive, and my parents work themselves. So an at-home job would be perfect for me in more ways than one. On top of my cerebral palsy, I additionally have rheumatoid arthritis. Due to both diagnosis’s, I am often fatigued and drained mentally and physically. I don’t often show it, as I’m pretty independent and push through my days. 

I am starting my bachelors in psychology later this month. I am so nervous yet excited. I am nervous for my body’s reaction to the stress, once again. I am nervous that after I graduate, I won’t be able to find a job that fits my life with these conditions.

Yes, I can push through and get a typical job, but at what cost? What if I’m so drained I fall asleep, or mess up a task I was given because I can’t physically do it? Or I’m too slow and hold everyone else up?

I want a typical job, but I don’t think it’s ideal for me. This reality is scary because I fear that I won’t make something of my life.

Our society always asks, what do you do? Live, I say, and that has to be enough. 

Image credit: Kayla Ruesseler

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  1. Arnie Slater
    Arnie Slater
    Kayla, Look at it this way. By writing and putting your thoughts out there. You ARE doing something! AND you can do it at your own pace! This act of blogging... it’s work experience you can add to a resume. I also have CP. I am 51. When I was in college (Towson University class of 1993) I wrote a Sociology paper on this very same topic! It actually saved my final 3 credits at Towson!... (That’s a long story) But, I wrote about the struggle of looking for work in Washington D.C.... Fresh out of College. At the time The ADA did not exist! It WAS hard. Looking for work when you have a disability is hard. ( because there are still biases and preconceived notions and prejudices out there) Don’t let Any of that stop you. You are already off to a great start! Keep it up! Arnie
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