Jobs for People With Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s motor and developmental skills. It is mostly associated with difficulties in movement and coordination, leading to issues with walking, driving, washing, and so on. Cerebral palsy affects people differently, with different variations and stages.
People with cerebral palsy may find it more difficult to find appropriate employment due to their condition. Accessible workplaces and appropriate roles can pose an issue. However, it is by no means impossible for people with the condition to find work they are comfortable in. It is just about searching in the right places.
Requesting Inclusivity and Accessibility
Remember that it is always your right to request the inclusivity and accessibility that you need at work. With cerebral palsy, you are classified as a disabled person in the U.K. and this means that you are entitled to reasonable adjustments and work-based support. Disclosing your disability to an employer and talking openly with them about what you need is a great starting point.
You deserve all the support you need to manage your symptoms at work appropriately, so make sure you ask.
The Rise of Remote Working
Remote job opportunities have become much more widespread and available since the Covid-19 pandemic. Many disabled people have found that working from home has proven much easier and more sustainable for them. For many people with cerebral palsy, working from home may make it much easier to manage their condition and work at the same time. Cutting down on commuting, having a more accessible working environment, and having more access to rest may be some factors that prove this situation worthwhile.
If you are struggling to find an accessible working environment for you with cerebral palsy, it may be worth looking into remote and home-based working positions.
Finding an Accessible Employer
The key to workplace happiness with cerebral palsy can be finding the best employer for you. The best employer for someone with a lifelong disability will be someone inclusive, accessible and diverse. They will want to actively support people with disabilities to do the best work possible and they will be committed to making themselves the best employers possible.
Luckily, we have a list of such people in the U.K. here on Careers with Disabilities. Take a look at our directory of company profiles and then head over to our live jobs board where you can find inclusive and accessible job opportunities in a wide range of sectors and industries.
Happy job hunting!