Career ideas for a bright teen with a physical disability?
January 19, 2013 9:39 PM Subscribe
My 19-year-old-daughter is very smart, but due to her disability can't handle a school- or workday of more than 3-4 hours. Help me brainstorm career ideas for her as she completes high school.
posted by DrMew to human relations (51 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Some details: my daughter is intelligent, friendly and a generally likable person. She also has Ehlerlos-Danlos Syndrome, Type 3 (hypermobility), which comes with a lot of challenges for her--unstable joints and frequent dislocations, chronic pain, circulatory issues (postural orthostatic tachycardia), digestive issues (gastroparesis), asthma, chronic fatigue, and frequent migraines. Because of her status she sleeps 12-14 hours per night, and has limited daytime energy. Her mobility is limited, as is her strength.
Despite only being able to attend school somewhat less than half time, she'll be graduating high school this year at 19, as we were able to combine homeschooling, public school attendance, and GED exams.
My daughter had a longstanding desire to be a doctor, but med school with her limitations seems implausible, and even a four-year college degree at less than half time probably not a good goal (especially since financial aid packages are not available for less than half time attendance, and she can't attend without financial aid).
So, do you have ideas for careers she can pursue that don't require a 4 year college degree, that will be open to her as a part-time employee, and that don't require much walking, strength, or repetitive motion? She's good at sciences, social sciences, and arts/crafts. She's been thinking mortuary science, but most of the funeral homes I see in our Midwestern city are family-run, and it might be difficult to gain entry into the business. I'd just like to generate a good list of alternatives.