The virtual assistance profession does not discriminate when it comes to providing employment opportunities. If you want to succeed as a Virtual Assistant, it will take more than just technical and fundamental skills. You should have the determination, passion and confidence to render high quality work and service to clients every time.
Who best exemplifies determination, passion and confidence than the disabled? While the able bodied in society gripe, complain and compare their lot in life with others, the disabled quietly about their own business. Life has already dealt them a cruel blow. But instead of complaining, they choose to move forward and embrace what life has given them.
Even though their conditions limit their physical abilities, it does not deter them from leading productive lives. They just want to be part of society and be like everyone else. Have a job; a stable source of income and a business to grow.
The virtual assistance profession offers all these and more for disabled people. Technology has helped make this a reality.
Here are reasons why the disabled can have successful careers as virtual assistants:
PC Hardware for the Disabled. For the last 10 years, technology companies have been designing hardware that will allow people with various disabilities to use computers. These customized hardware include:
- Impulse activated systems
- Eye scanning devices
- Braille Output Screen Readers
- Braille keyboards
- Foot operated mouse
- Camera mouse head tracking systems
- Light operated keyboard and monitor
- Sip and Puff systems
Software Programs for the Disabled. Technology companies have also designed software that will allow disabled people to perform various work tasks. These specialized software includes:
- Screen Reader systems
- Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software applications
- Non- assistive e-mail and instant messaging programs
- Text and image magnification software
- Voice recognition software
- Dictation software
Safety at Work. A disabled person who wants to become a Virtual Assistant only needs to make sure the place of work is not only conducive for productivity but safe and hazard free.
- Aisles and doorways leading to the office must be free of obstruction.
- Telephones, filing areas and bathrooms must be accessible.
- Work area must be free of clutter and distractions.
- It must be sound- proof and insulated from outside noise.
To be sure, ask an interior designer or an accessibility Architect for advice on arranging and organizing the work area.
Wide Range of In- Demand Skills. The virtual assistance industry has grown to a point that you can find a professional to carry out the skill you need for your business.
There are no limits to the services you can offer in virtual assistance. You can offer consultancy services, social media marketing, content writing, translation, accounting, IT or transcription.
Your disability may hinder but not prevent you from rendering top quality deliverables to your client.
As a Virtual Assistant, a disabled person can find a rewarding career which he or she could ultimately turn into a private business.