On The First Day of the job, tips for a disabled person.

The first day of a new job can be the most important and the most frightening. Not only are you beginning a new job with new people whom you have likely never met before, but you are also placing yourself in a position that will require you to prove you are as great as you appeared to be in your interview. For a person with a disability, this can be even scarier than usual.

Depending on your disability, you will have different needs in terms of getting the job done. For example, if you are blind, you will need special software to adapt your computer so you can read information displayed on the screen and write documents. For someone who is deaf, a TDD will be necessary to conduct telephone conversations. Each disability has a different set of needs, and each should be addressed prior to the first day.

Even so, there will, undoubtedly be problems that must be ironed out on the first day, or even in the first few weeks. The goal is to do your best to ensure the transition will be as smooth as possible, and to do so, it will take cooperation from all involved parties. You will begin this process by being as informed of your needs and adaptations as possible, and being able to convey this to your new employer in a way that will make sense. This is especially crucial if your new boss has never encountered a person with a disability, and even more importantly, your disability.

There are, of course, situations where it becomes necessary for you to receive training on a particular software program or task. In some cases, a jot coach is brought in to assist you during the first few days or weeks. This person is usually well-informed of your job duties and is there to assist you in learning how to adapt your environment so you can do them successfully. The idea is to increase your level of independence as quickly as possible, and make you feel more comfortable about your work.

On the first day, you should also interact as much as possible with your co-workers. That will make them feel more comfortable with you and your disability, and will also show them you are capable and well deserving of your new job. It will also help you feel more comfortable with your new environment.

Lastly, stay informed about new equipment that could assist you on the job, as well as any upgrades your company may be preparing to put in place. The more you know about what is available to you, the better able you will be to deal with the changes ahead. Not only are these changes sometimes necessary, they are also inevitable. The more informed you are, the more you can change right along with them.