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Finding a Remote Job

If you’re a person with a spinal cord injury who is looking to get back to work, a remote job may be right for you. Hundreds of people with spinal cord injuries across the nation have remote jobs and love what they do. Working from the comfort of your own home is often an ideal situation for people with spinal cord injuries, because working remotely alleviates the need to get ready, transport yourself, and navigate a different (and possibly inaccessible) workspace.

If you have decided that you would like to work remotely, great! There are many free resources out there for remote job-seekers, as well as resources for job-seekers with disabilities. Read below to learn how to find the right remote job for you.

Review Your Resume Before Applying

Before you apply for remote jobs, you must make sure your resume is up to date with your previous work experiences, skills, and volunteer opportunities. If you are happy with your resume, then you are ready to start applying for jobs! If you wish you had more work experience or more work training, there are many resources you can utilize to get prepared for work. Look into your local Vocational Rehabilitation facility if you are interested in going back to school or receiving additional job trainings. You can also look into your local WIPA program, which helps people with disabilities find and maintain employment. Fill out this short WIPA survey to get connected to your local WIPA program.

Remember, your disability does not disqualify you from holding a job—but you have to be qualified for the jobs you apply for! Make sure you have relevant skills or experience regarding the jobs for which you apply.

Utilize Remote Job Websites

Once your resume is up-to-date, you are ready to start applying for remote jobs! The key to finding a job is to apply for as many relevant positions as possible; sometimes, a great applicant needs to apply to dozens of positions before they are hired. 

There are many employment websites that are made specifically for job-seekers looking for remote work. Here is a list of some of the best remote job websites:

Utilize these sites to search for positions that interest you. And when you’re ready, complete the applications for the remote jobs in which you are interested. Remember to complete the application in full and re-read all of your application materials before submitting!

Utilize Disability Employment Websites

There are also many job sites that are made specifically for job-seekers with disabilities. Applying for jobs on disability-specific employment sites can be a fantastic way to find a job that fits your unique situation. Many jobs posted on these sites are remote. Here is a list of some of the best disability job websites:

Again, it is important to submit as many applications to as many relevant positions as possible! Finding a job is a numbers game. Do not get discouraged if an employer does not respond to your application—it’s all a part of the process, and you just have to keep pushing.

Find the Right Remote Job for You

To find the right remote job for you, remember to review your resume, utilize websites for remote job-seekers, and use websites for job-seekers with disabilities. If you keep applying and keep putting your best effort into your applications, you can soon find the remote job that is right for you!
If you need help finding and applying for jobs, or if you have questions on how employment may affect your health care and cash benefits, fill out our short disability employment survey today. Soon, one of our disability advocates will connect you with the resources you need to find and maintain a remote job.

Q&A on Disability Benefits and Work

Ticket to Work | WISE (Work Incentives Seminar Event)

Not surprisingly, there are a lot of myths floating around about disability benefits and employment. Fortunately, there are many resources online that explain exactly how your disability benefits will be affected when you find employment. Social Security also puts on webinars to educate people on the Ticket to Work program throughout the year. Here are some of the top questions they receive during their webinars.

1. “What is Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, and do I have to participate?”

The Ticket to Work program is a free and voluntary program offered by Social Security that is for people ages 18 to 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits. This program was created to help people with disabilities become financially independent by finding employment. To make this happen, the Ticket program will connect you with a variety of free services and support systems to help you succeed in the workforce.

You do not have to work with the Ticket program if you would like to go back to work, but the benefit of participating in the Ticket program is that it qualifies you for protection from the Social Securities Periodic Review. This is also known as a Medical Continuing Disability Review, or CDR. If you join the Ticket program and you make progress towards the work goals you set with your counselor, Social Security will not begin a new medical CDR.

2. Why Should I Choose to Work rather than Not Work?

For many people with disabilities, working again can seem like an overwhelming prospect. Working with a Ticket provider, however, is a great opportunity to find a job that you love, all while having the support of employment professionals. Perhaps you have new skills, a hobby, or a passion that you can use in a new job. Also, not only does working again give you greater financial independence, it is an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and build your self-confidence.

3. What If I Want to Change My Employment Network?

If you decide to sign up for the Ticket program, you’ll need to choose an employment network that will help you find employment and manage the changes in your benefits as you work. However, if you eventually find that the employment network you chose is not a good fit, you can always change your employment network. Social Security has a helpful worksheet called “Finding an EN and Assigning Your Ticket” that will help you keep track of every employment network you have contacted during your search. You can download the worksheet here: https://choosework.ssa.gov/library/finding-EN-assigning-your-ticket-worksheet

If you decide to change your employment network, the first step is unassigning your Ticket with your current service provider. Always let your employment network service provider know that you are unassigning your Ticket from them. You also need to submit a Ticket Unassignment Form, which you can find here: