Flexible Work for People with Disabilities and Special Needs

Flexible work isn’t just great for working parents or people who want to enjoy their lives more. Flexible jobs are a critically important source of income for professionals who have disabilities or special needs. However, some companies are more supportive and inclusive of people with disabilities than others.

Flexible Work as a Solution

Remote and flexible work can make all the difference in earning a steady income and having a stable job. Remote work, a part-time job, freelance gigs, or jobs with flexible or alternative schedules where you can choose your hours or work hours outside of the typical workday can provide career opportunities for professionals with disabilities.

For example, flexible options can eliminate or reduce a commute, allow for fewer working hours, or give you more time off. These flexible hours help you attend doctor’s appointments without issue and let your skills take center stage at work, rather than your disability.

The American Council of the Blind has a list of the benefits of remote work for those with disabilities. Among some of the best:

  • Working at home lets you create a home office or work environment that’s comfortable and accommodates your needs.
  • A home office is a more comfortable environment for a service animal.
  • A remote job reduces or eliminates commuting, which can be time-consuming, frustrating, and expensive for those needing accommodations.

Employers Committed to Hiring Those With Disabilities

Focusing your job search on companies known to hire those with disabilities can be a smart way to find a flexible job. FlexJobs compared a 2020 ranking from DiversityInc of the top companies for people with disabilities with our database of employers to determine which of those companies have posted flexible jobs with us in the past.

To be eligible for the DiversityInc ranking, a company had to have completed the Disability Employment Tracker of the National Organization on Disability. This nonprofit organization promotes full participation in society for the more than 56 million people with disabilities nationwide. Companies that met this threshold were evaluated using additional factors, including:

  • How inviting a company’s website was to customers, job applicants, and others with disabilities
  • Whether a company’s recruiting process was inclusive of job seekers with disabilities
  • How and whether a company keeps track of employees with disabilities, including new hires
  • Availability of flexible benefits like working from home and alternative career options

Note: FlexJobs is a subscription service for job seekers that features flexible and remote jobs. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, the monthly subscription costs allow us to fully vet and verify all of the jobs on our site—ensuring that customers have a safe and positive job searching experience. 

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By Alicia Hibbard
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