Sunday, July 24, 2011

Disability & The Work Force


I've been a college graduate for a few months now, and unfortunately I'm still unemployed. This isn't an uncommon problem for people with disabilities. Along with the general sucky-ness of the job market, having a disability puts further strain on my search...
--- No really long commutes. I have chronic fatigue so driving home late at night after a long days work could be kinda dangerous.
--- No subways. Thanks to my RSD my legs are vibration sensitive (in other words my legs hurt when a floor shakes). Sadly, this kinda eliminates the possibility for me to work in the city, which is pretty much every graphic designers dream. The money I'm saving by not having a NYC apartment makes me feel slightly better about this.
---Nothing involving significant amounts of physical labor. I think that one speaks for itself.

While I would just like to find ANY JOB, unlike my "normal" friends I do not have to the luxury of being able to find a "teenage job" like a waitress for the time being. I had a dandy conversation with my grandmother about this subject.

Grannie- How's the job hunt coming?
Crippie- I'm applying to everything I see
Grannie- You should find a small job in the meantime, like a waitress
Crippie- But I can't walk....
Grannie- Retail?
Crippie- Can't lift heavy objects and I can't stand for more than 10 minutes without it hurting
Grannie- hhhhmmmmm
Crippie- yyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh
Grannie- yeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

So in the meantime I have been looking locally for any jobs that I might even sorta qualify for. Also, the program that paid for my driving lessons, part of my education, etc has a job placement office. I didn't want to use their help, but it looks like I need it. I have an intake appointment on Wednesday with them. I'll let you guys know how that goes.

Also, I'm trying to see what I can do on the interwebz as far as making money and finding freelance clients. I'm going to be writing articles for about whatever my little heart desires. At the moment I feel like writing reviews for "pretty books" :D.

Additionally, I've been getting more comfortable with styling my blog and adding HTML/CSS goodies. If anyone out in the blog-o-sphere would like a blogger redesign, HIT CRIPPIE UP. I designed my blog and I am also currently working on THIS blog's design as well. I'll do anything from a badge, banner, to the whole damn blog!

So yeah, expect several job related posts in the next coming weeks/months. Wish Crippie luck!

Crippie's Tippie For Pre-Work Force Crippies- Go to school and become educated in something that a) you enjoy doing and b) you can physically do. Desk jobs seem to do nicely.
Crippie's Tippie For Work Force Age Crippies- There are places and programs that help you find jobs.


  1. Good for you! There are a ton of freelancing jobs on the internet, they usually pay shit but at least it's something.

    PS. I love the cartoon. Just thinking about the economy pisses me off. Grrr.

  2. Well, congrats on graduating! Girl, I can TOTALLY relate. I've had so many work issues since becoming disabled in 2001. I found out I was getting paid less than the 2 new hires I personally trained at a job I had in 2004. (I quit!!) One of the girls I'd trained informed me of the situation after we became good friends. She quit when I quit b/c it pissed her off. There have been other jobs I've filled out applications for & they'll call me & sound all excited by my qualifications & then I get there and they find out about my disability & see my hands (I lost several fingers from the same disease I lost my legs to) and suddenly, you can see the mood on their face completely change They'll make the interview much shorter than they'd said it would be & then I never hear back from them. It can really get to you. I'm actually going to beauty school in Spring to become a lisenced aesthetician & I already worry that my hands are going to cause me issues b/c I'm sure there will be people who won't want a girl who's missing fingers to be touching all on their face. BUT, it's what I dream of doing & I refuse to let my disability get it the way!! Don't give up! The right job will eventually come along. =)


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