Work from home jobs for disabled people

When I lost my job

Work from home jobs for disabled people would be ideal as many disabled people want to work, but either cannot work at all, had to cut their hours or change their job to one paying less, or want to pack in work or reduce their hours. I cannot work at all. I had to pack in the one I had as I couldn’t possibly have done it. I was earning as much as my husband, so our income halved overnight, and the shock to the finances almost lost us our house. It was a horrible time. I was paralysed down my left side and in such terrible pain I was liable to take an accidental overdose. I was tired all the time and really on edge. I had a one-year-old baby who I was having a great deal of trouble looking after and a fifteen-year-old daughter who understood the problems I was having but had to be at school. My husband had to work; someone had to bring some money in. My parents and siblings worked. I was stuck. I had no money to pay for help. I had been turned down for DLA because I was not ill enough. I didn’t know enough to realise I was sick enough and needed to appeal, and anyway I didn’t have the energy to fight. My daughter was struggling at school because of me, and I was worn out physically, mentally and emotionally. One day my son, who had cholic began crying, and I just rang social services and told them I was not coping at all. They started paying for carers for me and taking my son and me to playgroups a couple of times a week. They also checked my finances and recommended I put my baby in a nursery one day a week so I had a break and tax credits would pay for it. I was on the slippery slop back up, but it had taken me almost a year to get where I was. We were still living a different life to what we had before and I was not happy. I finally got all the payments I was due to and we could at least afford to live, but that was it. Before I had the Multiple Sclerosis attack and gave up my job, we bought what we wanted, did what we wanted, ate what we wanted, had holidays where we wanted and now we were just managing to pay the bills. All our savings had gone and we were living month to month.

Looking for a new job

One day I decided to look for a job. I knew it wouldn’t be easy as I had a list of requirements most employers would not accept. These were:

  • Totally flexible working hours – I cannot tell you when I will be ready to start work and need to finish when I am tired, which could be 2-3 hour a day.
  • Working from home – The 2-3 hours include travelling so it would be impossible to work anywhere except home.
  • I cannot learn new things unless I can keep going over them a lot of times
  • I do not like using telephones as my cognitive thinking is really bad and I cannot think of the right word, especially if I get stressed.
  • Lots of days of when I want them. I have Doctors’ appointments, nurses’ appointments, district nurses call out weekly, specialist appointments, and often I am so tired I would not be able to work afterwards.

I would not be able to earn anything with the hours I would manage to put in.

Looking for online work

I looked at working online and tried a few. Many people want money from you to work online. I wasn’t going to pay anyone just so I could work. I tried a few but didn’t earn anything. I managed to earn a little on Upwork and that didn’t cost me anything, but it would be impossible for me to earn a living on there.

I then began to look into affiliate marketing, but there are a lot of scams going on it the sector, but I found Wealth Affiliates and couldn’t believe it! I hadn’t given them a penny, and they were giving me tools to make the job easier for free! I work the hours I want and just blog about things I know about and make money. How cool is that! I wish I had known about this before. You can work full time and still make money at Wealthy Affiliates in your spare time. Within a week I had a website, and I was enjoying putting my posts on it. I knew nothing about website building before I joined Wealthy Affiliates and here I was with my site. All it takes now is writing about what I like and are interested, and there are even free writing tools and instructions. The people are so friendly and helpful you always have someone to ask if you get stuck with something, and I know how useful they are as I have asked for help and got a few replies quickly. There is a free training program that you do one by one, and like me, you will have a website at the end of it. You can pay for things, such as more training, domain names and more.  I paid for some, but it is not compulsory. I paid for more training and the like because I believed in the company and people and wanted to do even more with my website.

My conclusion

There are many scams out there and when you are desperate for money it seems like a good idea to invest in something such as training, but if you are going to make sure it is the best. Wealthy Affiliates is NOT a scam, it helped me and it can help you. You don’t have to know about website building to achieve a perfect website and then you can blog your heart out and make money at the same time.
If you want to know more, or want to ask a question please comment here and I will get back to you.

Daily living aids for disabled people

As I mentioned in a previous post, I believe in the Social Model of Disability. That means we are disabled people and society disables us.  I get very frustrated as, in 2018 I am still disabled against by people daily, whether it is the things they say to me, the policies and procedures they work by, the physical aspects of buildings and the rest. People think life is getting simpler for disabled people because of all the help we now receive, except we don’t always get it, the laws to protect us, but people are still ignoring them,  and the things specially designed to help us, but they don’t always work. How many of you have bought a daily living aid for disabled people that don’t really work? Is this just another money making scam?

How many problems have I had, just this week, that I wouldn’t have had if I was not disabled? A quite few actually.

I am onto my 3rd e-mail to Unilever regarding a piece of metal Ben found in his Pot Noodle. I think I have told them everything they need to know, but I am sure they will find something else to ask me, such as how old is the kettle that was used to make the Pot Noodle.

Today, I am waiting for someone to come and mend my stairlift, which has broken AGAIN! At least I am downstairs today. I rang at 8.49 this morning, and I am still waiting, and it is now 3 pm and after another call they say he should be here between four and five. I’m glad it didn’t breakdown at lunchtime or I wouldn’t have gotten to bed tonight.

I am hoping my quotations for our downstairs extension are in the post today, so I can get further with that so that I will have a bedroom and wet room downstairs. It is over a week ago it was measured and discussed, but I am still waiting.

I am trying to find somewhere in the Crofton area where a family member can have a birthday party and I can get in and also use the toilet. I know I am very demanding, but I really cannot help it! So far I have found one I may be able to get into, but the accessible toilet is I the ladies, so my husband cannot take me, and he’s one of my carers.

So, apart from that, I was thinking about daily living aids for disabled people and how much money I have spent on things to help me that didn’t, wouldn’t or couldn’t. I have wasted my money on several things that I just couldn’t understand how to use, or they were impossible to use or didn’t work. I bought stuff like a needle threader, that was more difficult and harder to see than the needle, numerous bathroom aids I cannot use, and loads of sleep aids that are useless. The amount of money I have wasted is ridiculous, but I still keep trying.

What have you wasted money on, or did you find something that worked? I would love to know.

Walking Aids for Disabled People or People with Disabilities

Are we disabled people or people with disabilities?

This question confuses many people, and indeed it is more about language than disability or people. Language and the words we use are imperative. They shape the way we see ourselves and the way people view us. Many people I have come across go by the ‘people with disabilities’ is putting the person first. I do not see it that way. We are disabled people. We are disabled by many things, but not usually ourselves.

As Titchkosky and Michalko (2014:101) pointed out; people may subscribe to one particular story of disability. An important story today says that disability is a social phenomenon produced by a society’s failure to respond adequately to impairment. This story, however we judge it, does not eliminate other dominant storytellers, such as medicine, that tell the story of disability as something unwanted that lurks in an individual and must be rooted out or managed.

Disability is an identity that has been hotly contested since the 1970s it the UK. In 1975, an early disability rights organisation in the UK,  Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS) claimed “in our view it is society which disables physically impaired people. Disability is something imposed on top of our impairments by the way we are isolated and excluded from full participation in society.”

In 1983, Mike Oliver, the disabled academic, coined the phrase “social model of disability” about these idea’s building on the distinction between impairment and disability suggested by UPIAS. Oliver never meant the ‘social model of disability’ to be THE theory of disability, but a starting point in changing how society views disability.

The ‘social model’ was then developed more by both academics and activists in Australia, the UK, the US and other countries, and came to include all disabled people, including those with learning difficulties/learning disabilities, mentally disabled, and people with emotional, mental health or behavioural problems.

A fundamental part of the ‘social model’ concerns equality and is a reaction to the more dominant ‘medical model’ which believes the body should be fixed so it can fit in with society.

The ‘social model’ focuses on changes in society including:

  • Attitudes, such as being more positive towards people with mental impairments and not underestimating the quality of life possible with those impairments.
  • Social support to help deal with the barriers, aids, resources and positive discrimination to help overcome them, such as a ‘buddy’ to explain the culture of and at work for an autistic member of staff.
  • Information, and making sure it is supplied in a format the person needs such as large print, braille, or explaining more or simpler.
  • Physical structures, such as installing ramps and lifts, and
  • Flexible working hours for a person who has panic attacks travelling in the rush hour, or someone with a sleep disorder.

The ‘social model’ argues against disabled people needing to be ‘fixed’(medical model), but rather society needs fixing.

So where do you buy your walking aids?

There are many places you can buy walking aids online and it does make things much simpler for many people, me included. It might be nice to go to a shop or showroom and have a look around and maybe even try a few, but it is not always as simple as it sounds for us. I know when I go out, sometimes to a rugby match, sometimes shopping, maybe even meeting friends for a drink and a chat, even though I am in the wheelchair it still tires me out. I nearly always take a PA with me, so it is not from the manual wheeling, it is from so many things we used to take for granted. Personally, my problems start with my cognitive thinking. I have problems with many aspects of thinking such as my short term memory, attention span, planning, decision-making, understanding and concentration. This also exhausts me just by trying to think. This fluctuates from day to day so I cannot tell you if next Saturday I am going to be OK for wheelchair shopping or not.

It is also difficult for me to go out on the spur of the moment as I need to organise myself and find a PA. Then transport and working out the best route to walk after we have parked. The UK roads and causeways are notoriously bad for cracks, potholes and other problems and there are streets I cannot go down. There areas where I cannot cross the road as there is a drop curb on one side of the road, but not on the other.

This is why I buy most of my products online. Grocery shopping is much easier online these days, and although I miss the browsing, I think I spend less as I am not as tempted by things I see. Toiletries I buy either with my grocery shopping or from somewhere else, but still by making a list and following it.

The same goes for any walking aids for disabled people. It is much better to write a list of what you need and follow it so you don’t get distracted by things you don’t need and then forget what you do need. I can no longer shop on the high street for important things due to the problems with my cognitive thinking. If I manage to concentrate until I have all the facts, I still cannot make a decision.

If I was shopping for a new walking stick, I would need one with:

  • Comfort handle
  • Adjustable size

So I would probably choose:

 

A new wheelchair would include:

  • Manual
  • self propelling
  • lightweight
  • Foldable

So I could choose:

or this:

or this:

or this:

You also need to check seat size is the right one for you.

Just make your list out and search.

Conclusion.

I suggest doing the shopping the easiest way for you. I used to check what I needed in a store, then go online once I had decided, but now I know what I want and need I don’t bother going to a store at all. I can find everything I need online and usually start with Amazon and EBay. Don’t waste your energy