Learning disability jobs run the gamut from a baker, fashion designer, illustrator, and photographer to a veterinary assistant, entrepreneur, actor, computer programmer, filmmaker, banker, and a host of other exciting careers. Adults with learning disabilities jobs are available in just about every industry and business sector imaginable. The diverse range in the types of jobs for people with disabilities means a job is out there waiting for anyone with a learning difficulty. All you have to do is find a job or a career that’s ideally suited to your skill set or education and where your particular learning difficulty is not an unmanageable obstacle. On the contrary, LD just may turn out to be an asset!
Famous Adults With Learning Disability Jobs
Entrepreneur and billionaire Sir Richard Branson is the only person in the world to have built $8 billion companies from scratch in eight different countries. Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger has built a globally revered fashion empire with his leading lifestyle brand that captures American cool. During her long, illustrious career, as a singer, actress, and all-around star Cher has won an Emmy, Oscar, three Golden Globes, and a Cannes Film Festival award. Veteran comedian Jay Leno took over Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show and has amassed a stunning collection of luxury automobiles and motorcycles worth millions – well beyond most car and bike fanatic’s wildest dreams. And Jamie Oliver, the richest chef in the world, has authored over 20 books and never read a book in his life until 2013.
What do these extraordinary people have in common? Dyslexia. One of the most common and well-known learning disabilities, dyslexia is associated with reading – the rate, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension – and manifests in multiple ways that naturally impact a person’s ability to learn. One thing is clear: Dyslexia does not have to stand in anyone’s way once they have made up their mind about their career path, carved out their niche, and staked their claim to an idea or concept.
If you have had learning disabilities in the past or are currently experiencing learning difficulties, take heart and be inspired by these examples of successful people who represent the wide range of possible learning disability jobs.
Types of Jobs for People With Learning Disabilities
Like anything else, learning difficulties are only disabilities or problems when they interfere with your personal or work life. Certainly, problems with memory, time management, and organization could impact your workday, and they can present difficult challenges. But with expert guidance, perseverance, the desire to overcome challenges, and taking medication, if necessary, you can be successful at any number of jobs, as you can see. Other ideal learning disability jobs and careers include:
- Counselor: Growing up with learning disabilities often gives people an edge over others in the empathy department. Keenly aware of what it’s like to be different or viewed as less capable than their classmates while in school often makes people more empathetic to others less fortunate than themselves. Keep in mind, that learning difficulty has nothing to do with capability or intelligence.
- Nursing Assistant: Empathy is a key component in the job of a nursing assistant, where caring for others is the essence of the job. From dressing wounds and moving patients bathing and grooming your charges, the career of a nursing assistant requires above-average empathy.
- News Anchor or News Correspondent: Many people with learning disabilities have a knack for speaking in public, as it seems to come quite naturally to them. If you like being in the public eye, a job as a broadcaster, either anchoring the nightly news or on the road reporting on real-time happenings, may be appealing to you.
With focus, ambition, and a firm belief in themselves, anyone can aspire to become successful in their dream job or career despite having learning difficulties. In fact, people with ADHD are 300 percent more likely than others to start their own companies. That impetuous entrepreneurial spirit seems to thrive in people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and once they’ve mastered the well-crafted to-do list, there’s no stopping these dynamos.