Many factors contribute to professional success. Having the necessary skills for your job is a universal requirement. However, if you have a disability, there are additional considerations to keep in mind.
Utilize these strategies to ensure your success in the workplace:
Pursue a career within an interest or strong skill
People with specific disabilities frequently bring a unique skill set that helps them perform better in various roles. The term “craft” incorporates several ideals, including attention to detail, a desire to put in the time necessary to complete a project correctly, and a dedication to quality that extends beyond personal profit. It’s okay if you don’t have the same talents or expertise as your coworkers. Everyone has something to offer, no matter how unique their perspective may be. Your contributions are only valuable if you value the contributions of others.
Know your rights
Staying educated on your rights will help you avoid discrimination. Many people have found that being open about their disability at work has been beneficial. Professionals recommend trying partial disclosure (“I’m the sort of person who…”). However, this type of disclosure does not allow you to request workplace accommodations for your disability, such as some assistive technology. While this may feel like an invasion of privacy, it is necessary if you believe that an accommodation will make the difference between your success and failure at work.
Identify the tools that keep you regulated
Adapt your environment to manage challenges, such as sensory issues, organization, and executive functioning skills. Look into tools that can help you regulate during overwhelming sensory input. Some options you can use include but are not limited to:
Ask your supervisor about using a recording device during meetings so that you can review important topics later. Assistive technology can be beneficial if you suffer from issues with working memory and find it challenging to keep track of all the things you have to complete at one time. Take advantage of apps or programs that break down tasks into categories or create visual mind maps to help you stay better organized.
Maintaining a positive outlook and finding a job that matches your skill set will give you an advantage over your competition! Find more helpful career information at our blog for individuals with disabilities here.
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