What kinds of jobs/careers are best suitable for people with down’s syndrome?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

For young adults with down’s syndrome and other disabilities, employment may be appropriate if they have both good work skills and previous work experience. They can choose volunteer work, sheltered employment, or supported employment.

With the right support and skills, people with down’s syndrome can thrive in a wide range of job roles and workplaces. Depending on the person’s level of independence, the severity of their disability, and the level of social skills, they can work in many skilled or semi-skilled roles.

Some of the important factors to consider when people with down’s syndrome are looking for jobs are safe and easy access to work buildings, supportive and considerate employers, accessible technologies and suitable workplace adjustments, and very importantly, flexibility if the parents or caregivers are providing transportation for them.

The National down’s syndrome Society suggests “three types of employment for people with down’s syndrome, namely, Supported employment, Sheltered employment and Volunteer work”.

“Supported employment occurs in the community in real work locations. Here, the individual requires long-term or ongoing support to be successful. In supported employment, any individual with any disability can be successful because the person receives whatever support is needed for however long it is required”.

“Sheltered employment or sheltered workshops are settings where people with disabilities attend on a daily basis and have the opportunity to do subcontract work (usually mailings, packaging, and assembly) and are paid according to how much they can accomplish compared to workers without disabilities”.

“Volunteer work is a great option if earning a paycheck is not essential or if an individual would like to gain some additional job training”. “One can volunteer at a library or Meals-on-Wheels where others volunteer to do the same specific tasks but you can not volunteer at McDonald’s or the local bookstore”. Other jobs which can be good for them are hospitality sector jobs, greeters, warehouse jobs, peer facilitator to name a few.

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