When Disability Impacts Your Ability to Work

When Disability Impacts Your Ability to Work

September 12, 2018 12:00 pm Published by

As adults, we seek independence to learn how to sustain ourselves to the best of our abilities. There’s a need of sorts to branch out, live on our own – or at least move out of the house – and maintain a steady source of income. For some of us, however, it’s just not feasible to hold down a job, due to a disability. Whether it is a physical disability, or a mental one, your plans to become independent may be delayed or hindered, which can directly impact your self-esteem and outlook on life. So what can you do in this situation? Let’s take a look:

The Need to Work

Work multitasking

While some may view an inability to work as a kind of permanent vacation, the truth is that working regularly helps maintain one’s sanity. This can be extrapolated to other aspects of life unrelated to work – keeping busy by any means improves your mental health. This is because when we have something fulfilling to occupy our time, it’s rewarding.

Turn a Hobby into Work

knitting hobby

Do you like to knit, craft, or do you have any hobby that produces a product or service? Why not turn this into a type of job? With the advent of the Internet, there are now a number of platforms, such as Etsy, where you can sell your stuff and make a profit. This puts some money in your pocket and allows you to further pursue this hobby and make even more money. While the money you make from selling handcrafted products may pale in comparison to the income one can make from a full-time job, having a lucrative hobby – that is, on that makes money – can be more beneficial in some aspects. A hobby is something that you enjoy, and being able to make money from it makes it that much more rewarding.

Apply for Benefits


As you may well know, there are government programs that offer benefits to people who can’t work. These benefits fall under the Social Security umbrella. Applying for these benefits, and then subsequently receiving them can be stressful and challenging for a number of reasons. First, your disability has to be within the definition of disability as outlined by the Social Security office. Then, if you are approved, it can take a while to receive benefits due to a backlog of paperwork in the system. What’s probably the most stressful is that it is extremely difficult to access all the benefits of Social Security. If you need help applying for or accessing disability benefits, we can help.

As an independent living center, we understand the need to be independent. We also understand that disability can be an obstacle in your journey toward independence. That’s why we’re here, to help you realize a level of independence that works for you. Contact ILCNSCA by phone at 978-741-0077, or visit our website at https://ilcnsca.org/.

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