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What are the most common jobs for people with intellectual disabilities?

Written by Dr. Betty Patten

The most common jobs for people with intellectual disabilities (ID) vary depending on the individual's skills, interests, and level of support needed. However, there are some jobs that are commonly available and well-suited for individuals with ID. These include:

  1. Assembly line work: Many manufacturing companies have programs that hire individuals with ID for tasks such as packaging, labeling, and sorting products.

  2. Food service: Many fast food restaurants and cafes have programs that hire individuals with ID for tasks such as taking orders, making coffee, and preparing food.

  3. Janitorial and custodial work: Many businesses and organizations have programs that hire individuals with ID for tasks such as cleaning, dusting, and vacuuming.

  4. Office and administrative support: Many businesses and organizations have programs that hire individuals with ID for tasks such as data entry, filing, and answering phones.

  5. Landscaping and grounds keeping: Many businesses and organizations have programs that hire individuals with ID for tasks such as mowing lawns, trimming hedges, and planting flowers.

  6. Retail jobs: Many retail stores have programs that hire individuals with ID for tasks such as stocking shelves, cashier and customer service

  7. Personal care and health care: Some individuals with ID may be well-suited for certain roles in personal care and health care, such as assisting with activities of daily living (ADLs) for elderly or disabled individuals.

It is important to note that people with ID are capable of performing a wide variety of jobs, and the job market is changing and becoming more inclusive, so more opportunities are available for individuals with ID. Supported employment programs can help match people with ID to jobs that are well-suited to their abilities and interests, and provide on-the-job training and support to help them succeed

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