Parent Focus: Work is Possible

Don’t Believe the Myths

Some myths say work isn't a realistic option for people with disabilities. These myths aren't true: Your child can work, even if he or she has a significant disability.

Myth #1: Employers won’t hire your child because of a disability


  • There are other ways to get a job. Not all jobs go through the regular job application process.
  • Your relationships in the community can lead to job opportunities. Most people get their first jobs through personal and family connections.
  • It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against a job applicant who has a disability.

Myth #2: Your child can’t work because of a disability


  • Everyone has skills and talents. It’s a matter of finding the right work for your child.
  • With an individualized employment search, the goal is to look for a job that matches your child’s interests and abilities. You and your child can do this on your own, and you can also get help from employment specialists at your child’s school or from other organizations like the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).
  • Assistive technology and other reasonable accommodations can help your child succeed.
  • Employment doesn't have to be half-time or full-time. Even working a few hours a week helps your child build job skills and work experience.

Myth #3: Your child will stop getting disability benefits because of a job


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