By Marie Miguel

The word “disabled” is misleading and doesn’t quite carry the right connotations. Attempts at politically correcting it often aren’t much better: “differently enabled” makes it sound as if every person who needs crutches is hiding some superpower.

Let’s get real for a moment: stereotypes aside, being unable to do one thing doesn’t automatically imply that you’re a wizard at some other task. At the same time, being handicapped in one regard is usually not a drawback in any other sense. For some reason though, which probably has more to do with societal views than practicality, the emphasis has so far been on finding ways for disabled people to do “normal” and often menial jobs, rather than looking for jobs they’re naturally and even uniquely qualified to do.

While making workplaces more accessible is certainly laudable, this is still a somewhat peripheral approach to increase the range of available opportunities. Mobility isn’t the only thing that counts.

Identifying and Exploiting Talents

Beethoven famously continued to compose music after losing his hearing, while the authors Jorge Luis Borges and John Milton both produced some of their finest work after having gone blind. Although special accommodations had to be made for these individuals, they were still able to contribute so much that this was seen as a negligible inconvenience.

Similarly, numerous disabled people, today may not be a good fit for traditional employment, but can easily use the internet to apply their particular skills. This can mean joining a company as an off-site employee or becoming self-employed as a freelancer.

Looking for Freelance Opportunities

Working as an online freelancer has some advantages: getting to and from work is no longer difficult or costly, business can be solicited from all over the world, and freelancers have a great deal of latitude in deciding how much and when they will work.

Anything that can be done on a computer can be done online, and in the modern world, nearly everything can be done on a computer. Numerous professionals have ditched the need for neckties and offices in favour of running an internet-based business: architects, psychologists, software developers and graphic designers being only a few examples.

It’s often possible to convert a hobby such as drawing into a lucrative job, and new technological tools allow more and more people to take advantage of their innate talents. Best of all, in the online world, nobody cares how you look, how well you can present in front of an audience or what the health and safety implications of your condition are. As long as you can do the job, the playing field is level, and the wages are the same for everyone.

By Marie Miguel

Marie Miguel is an avid internet researcher. She is fueled by her determination to answer the many questions she hasn’t been able to find the answer to anywhere else. When she finds these answers she likes to spread the knowledge to others seeking help. She is always looking for outlets to share her information, therefore she occasionally has her content published on different websites and blogs. Even though she doesn’t run one for herself she loves contributing to others.