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These Companies Have Remote Jobs That May Be Great for People With Chronic Illnesses or Disabilities


If you have a chronic illness or disability, physically going to work every day can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find employment. With the right accommodations, many people are able to work at least part-time.

To help you in your job search, we’ve identified 11 companies currently hiring for multiple remote positions. Most of these businesses are large companies with an international presence, but that doesn’t mean small companies aren’t looking for remote workers as well.

If your favorite company is hiring, or you see a position you think you can do virtually, send their HR department an email and ask if they allow employees to work remotely. Oftentimes, companies are willing to make accommodations for qualified applicants.

We’ll update this article as more companies announce available telecommuting positions, so make sure to bookmark it for future reference.

1. Aetna

One of the largest health insurance providers in the U.S., Aetna hires remote employees for a number of different job types. According to its website, the company has more than 100 offices across the U.S. and more than 43 percent of its employees telecommute.

The company pays both salaried and hourly employees a minimum base wage of $16 an hour and provides a variety of benefits including health insurance and enhanced medical benefits. These enhanced benefits, the company claims, can save eligible workers up to $4,000 on out-of-pocket health care costs.

You can search remote offerings here by selecting “yes” under “potential telework positions.”

2. Amazon

America’s largest online retailer plans to add 5,000 part-time remote employees this year. According to CNBC, these customer service positions will pay approximately $10 per hour. For those interested in working in a different department, Amazon offers remote positions for managers and engineers.

Full-time remote employees also receive a number of medical benefits including company-paid short-term and long-term disability insurance, reimbursement for adoptions and a “ramp back” program which allows new moms or primary caregivers eight weeks of flexible time to return to the workforce.

You can search remote offerings here by typing “virtual locations” where it says “location.”

3. Apple

If you are technologically savvy, a remote position at Apple may be appealing. Apple’s at-home advisors and team managers are virtual positions which provide technical support throughout the U.S. and internationally.

The full-time positions come with time off, benefits and discounts on Apple products. The company says it prides itself on inclusion and is always “exploring new ways to support employees with disabilities.”

You can search remote offerings here by typing “at home” into the search bar. 

4. Hilton

One of the largest hospitality groups in the U.S., Hilton routinely hires virtual employees for positions across the country. In addition to being remote, many positions also offer flexible schedules for employees unable to work from 9 to 5.

Some full-time positions may require occasional travel depending on the role. Full-time jobs come with benefits, as do customer service positions.

You can search remote offerings here by typing “remote” or “virtual” where it says “keyword.”

5. Humana

Insurance company Humana offers a variety of work-from-home positions as part of its workforce. Employees receive health and financial benefits and have the opportunity to receive overtime and bonuses.

Remote positions range from financial services, sales and customer care. Humana was named a “Top 25 Noteworthy Company” by DiversityInc in 2015. The company also prioritizes hiring veterans with disabilities.

You can search remote offerings here by selecting “Virtual/Work At Home” at the bottom of the page where it says “Work Environment Type.”

6. Mozilla

If Firefox is your favorite browser, you may want to work for Mozilla, an internet company and foundation, which offers remote positions throughout the U.S. and internationally. The company honors the work preferences of its employees, stating, “If you work best from home, that’s not a problem. We can support you anywhere.”

Opportunities are available for engineers and developers in addition to some business development and managerial roles. Full-time employees receive medical benefits and other technology-based perks.

You can search remote offerings here.

7. Nielson

Interested in what people are watching on TV? If so, you may want to work for Nielson, which tracks viewing habits of people across the U.S.

Full-time positions are available in a variety of fields including engineering, business services and analytics. The company also offers a benefits package including health care and dependent care spending accounts, long-term and short-term disability coverage, supplemental and dependent life insurance and an employee assistance program.

You can search remote offerings here by typing “remote” where it says “location.”

8. Phillips

Consumer product company Phillips offers home-based jobs around the globe for a variety of positions. Available positions include engineering, sales, informatics and customer service.

Full-time positions come with benefits, although some remote roles require extensive travel. The company also offers an employee assistance program for military veterans to support their mental and physical health.

You can search remote offerings here by typing “home based” where it says “Where.”

9. United Healthcare

Interested in working in health care? United Healthcare provides more than just remote jobs related to the health insurance business.

United Healthcare also partners with agencies and the government, through programs such as Welfare to Work and Lifeworks, to hire and support job candidates with disabilities.

Available virtual roles include behavioral analysts, social workers, nursing positions and managerial opportunities. Full-time positions with benefits and hourly roles are also options.

You can search remote offerings here by typing “telecommute” where it says “Enter Keyword.”

10. Xerox

Xerox’s virtual office program currently employs 8,000 remote employees. The company also prioritizes hiring veterans as part of its [email protected] program.

Virtual positions include customer care, tech support, programming and quality control. Remote employees are also eligible for benefits such as health insurance, life insurance and child and elder care assistance.

You can search remote offerings here by selecting “Virtual/Work At Home” at the bottom of the page where it says “Work Environment Type.”

11. Salesforce

Despite its name, Salesforce is hiring for more than just sales jobs. Current open remote positions include engineers, management roles, finance — and, of course, sales.

Remote jobs come with comprehensive medical benefits including additional benefits for parents and those looking to start a family. These include 26 weeks of paid parental leave, adoption and infertility benefits and a flexible return to work program.

You can search remote offerings here by typing “US Remote” at the top of the page where it says “Where.”

And just so you know… The Mighty also hires remote employees! Our contributing editors work from around the globe, editing stories submitted by The Mighty’s community. Each contributing editor has personal experience with the topics they are editing. We are not hiring for this position at this time, but updates will be sent in our weekly contributor newsletter as soon as we are.

You can view our other jobs here.

Do you know or work for a company that offers remote positions? Let us know about them in the comments below.

These Companies Have Remote Jobs That May Be Great for People With Chronic Illnesses or Disabilities

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My Illnesses May Be Invisible, but I Am Not


My Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and fibromyalgia are not always visible to the outside world. Sure, you may notice my hyperextended joints, the occasional wince in pain or the braces I wear. But these things don’t even begin to touch the surface of what I go through. Because the sad reality is, pain is not visible; it is very personal and varies greatly from person to person. No other person, not even someone who has the exact same diagnoses, can fully understand my daily battles, nor can I theirs.

 

And there is no “test” for pain. Unlike that of a sprained ankle or broken leg, there are no outward signs of damage or pain. For many of those with chronic pain, there is no swelling, there is no injury, there is nothing that will come back abnormal on a blood test or scan. The closest anyone can get to understanding another person’s pain is simply by talking to them, but from my experience that is not as easy as it may sound.

For many people, they tend to only believe something if there is proof it exists. And how are we expected to prove something as complex as pain to someone whose medical journey extends as far as the GP’s office? I mean, they can follow me around for the day and see what life is like behind closed doors to see how difficult certain tasks can be and how hard I crash after being out even for the briefest time. But even then, they still
cannot see or feel the hurt I feel.

And so, I am treated with doubt, labelled an “attention-seeker” and made to feel as if my struggles are less valid than someone else’s, simply because my illness is invisible. I begin to slowly get left out of conversation and the invites to go out become less frequent. My relationships drift apart and people begin to treat me differently, almost as if I am less.

But this isn’t the worst part. It appears that I become invisible to them.

Suddenly my needs as a chronically ill patient are forgotten about. Somewhere along the way, it was overlooked that maybe I need a lot of support. Maybe I need people who will listen and be there with me through my ups and downs. Perhaps I even need people who will help me carry things to prevent a pain flare or a dislocated joint. Or maybe I simply need someone to ask me if I’m OK.

That person with the rolled ankle who has a slight limp has books carried for them between classes and people offer to get things for them so that they weight bear as little as possible.

That person who has had their wisdom teeth removed has people bring them ice cream and soft foods that they can enjoy together.

That person with the blocked nose who has returned after a day away with a cold is constantly asked how they’re feeling, if they feel well enough to do x, y or z.

And then there are those with invisible illness. Gradually, we may stop receiving the support and care we need. These things may stop, but our illnesses don’t. But no one else can see that, and the longer and longer we have pain, the better we become at hiding it.

And this absolutely applies to support from medical personnel. Whether that may be getting dismissed because nothing is visibly wrong so it must “all be in our heads” or whether they have no idea how to treat us so we are sent away with no further assistance.

When we are dismissed, our needs pushed aside, it’s hard to feel seen, heard or valued. And it hurts. Badly.

So to anyone who doesn’t understand:

My illnesses are invisible, but they are real.

My illnesses are invisible, but I am not.

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Mom's Facebook Post Shares Why We Shouldn't Celebrate Perfect Attendance


One mom’s thoughts on rewarding perfect attendance are going viral after she shared her son would not be accepting a prize he won for not missing any school.

In a post shared to Facebook on Friday, Rachel Wright, an author and blogger from England, said she doesn’t want him to accept the reward because “being lucky enough not to get sick” is not a reason to celebrate.

“In this family we will think of as many reasons possible to praise our children. We will celebrate and reward them, but being lucky enough not to get sick is not one of them. He’s lucky to have not developed a fever, had an accident or live with a chronic illness,” Wright wrote.

Wright, who has an older son who was born with brain damage and lives with several disabilities, also explained that 100 percent attendance can “demonize the weakest” by shaming someone for ill health. She asked readers to imagine a workplace in which departments with the least number of people who had taken sick days were rewarded in front of everyone else.

“Can you imagine what kind of atmosphere that would create with people who had days off because of bereavement, mental health problem or chronic conditions?” Wright wrote. “What on earth are we teaching our kids about value and worth? What are we teaching them about looking out for each other and looking after the sick or disabled in our community?”

Finally, Wright noted that her son didn’t really have control over his attendance since she is the one who drives him to school every day, and he’ll be taking a few days off at the end of the year for vacation anyway.

The post, which has been shared more than 11,000 times and generated more than 3,000 comments since it was published last week, drew praise from parents of kids with chronic illnesses.

“My daughter has a chronic illness as well as many other health issues and has so many hospital appointments she’ll never get one of the above awards. Now they give the children with full attendance badges to wear too, it allows them extra privileges. She suffers enough with her health and from bullies, without the school pointing a finger of shame at her. I couldn’t have said it better,” one commenter said.

Others questioned Wright’s decision; one commenter wrote, “I personally think it’s a great achievement to get 100 percent attendance. You should celebrate this and let your son have his reward.”

In an interview with Metro, Wright clarified that her son is fine with not receiving his reward, a day at a play center, and that she’s planned an alternative celebration for him and his friends –those with and without perfect attendance.

“I don’t think our decision can be related to not getting an Olympic medal or diminishing a sense of pride. It’s about children being rewarded for what they are in control of, recognizing the duty of parents and in the wider scheme of things acknowledging that as a society we pity people with disabilities and long term conditions rather than value them,” Wright told Metro.

“Sickness is not something to be frowned upon or a result of ‘lack of achievement,’ it is predominantly a mix of luck and genetics, neither of which my kids can control.”

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I'm Allowing Myself to Get Angry About My Chronic Illness


I’m not ready to give up my anger yet. It feels good.

It feels warranted.

It is the one voice I can still hear over all the other noise.

At the moment anger is my coping strategy. I’m not ready to give it up. I don’t know how or even want to know how to start suppressing or coping or forgetting.

 

I need to know I can have the release – anger is a freedom.

All of the hurt and fear and anxiety I try to keep down – eventually it becomes too much and I overflow. I need to know that in that moment, I can release it.

Maybe it is like smoking – having an addiction to anger or the release of anger, in order to feel calm again.

And for those few seconds, when I’m really burning – every part of me is tense and I own the moment. It’s mine and it makes me feel powerful.

Even more than that, it makes me feel like I can breathe deeper into my lungs. I love it.

Afterwards it is almost immediate shame. I find myself rubbing my eyes and face like I’ve almost forgotten what just happened. Like I wasn’t there or I blacked out or it wasn’t even me. Then it sinks in, it was real – I said that, I smashed that, it was me. There’s the shame.

But I settle again. Things are forgiven and forgotten. The shame fades and soon enough I will be burning again.

Anger is my coping method and I don’t want to give it up yet, I don’t want to imagine another way.

Knowing I can feel anger makes everything easier.

I’m allowed anger.

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To Anyone Feeling Alone in Their Chronic Illness Battle: I Understand


While going through a health crisis it can be easy to feel misunderstood. In the beginning of my own healing journey, it was difficult for me to find experiences that were close to my own and this left me feeling lost. Some days, all I wanted to hear was that someone understood. It is easy to share and compare stories with one another, but we can never experience the same thing as someone else. Personally, I see the world so differently now and things I thought I once fully understood, now I truly do. Previously, I used to see photos of other women online looking alive and vibrant, and I thought I was doing something wrong. Now I understand that behind a beautiful, smiling human can be someone going through a lot. What we perceive and view on the outside can be housing something dense and complex underneath. We all show our illness in different ways and we all understand things differently from one another; our experiences are our own.

 

The past few weeks have given me some time to be more still again. I have taken more time to be mindful and present and think about life and this healing journey I am on. I have regrouped and gone inward to remind myself that the more I keep telling myself I am happy, I am healthy and I am understood, the happier, the healthier and the more understood I will become. This time has also given me time to reflect on all I have been through in the past four years and the things I wish I heard in the beginning that would help me feel less alone and more heard. I formed this list of things I do understand and hope that reading it will help others dealing with chronic illness feel more understood too.

I understand that picture of you smiling, dressed up, with makeup on and your hair all fancy took a lot of effort to do. I understand that it is hard to present yourself well when feeling like this.

I understand that picture of you out with family or friends was the first time you have done that in weeks, months or years.

I understand how hard it is to sit with someone and spend time together and that is a lot for you.

I understand the words you spoke in anger yesterday were out of fear and frustration with your illness and not meant to hurt anyone, and the healthy you would have never spoken them. But today is a new day and those words are in the past.

I understand that some days you obviously look sick.

I understand it is hard to be sick when you look so healthy.

I understand how heartbreaking it is to hear people question your disease, to mispronounce it or to ask if it is real.

I understand how hard it is to admit you need a nap when you’ve already done so little that day.

I understand the amazing effect a simple text, email, phone call or visit from someone can bring. That joy that people care and are there for you no matter what.

I understand wanting to give up, feeling backed into a corner and isolated. But know you are never alone. You can never give up and the human spirit is resilient.

I understand you stayed home and missed a family get-together, a party, a wedding or a commitment that the healthy you would never have missed. I understand the healthy you was always on time and clear-headed.

I understand who you once were. I understand that without your illness you are an amazing person with many capable skills. Remember though, you still are now, even with illness.

I understand how being in a room full of people talking at once can make your head want to spin. How the perfume you used to love now makes you sick. How the music you used to find beautiful now hurts your ears. This is all temporary though; nothing in life lasts forever and those things will return to your life once again with greater appreciation for the small things.

I understand going up a flight of stairs feels like climbing Mount Everest. I understand when some days you just take the elevator or stay in bed all day without any walk. Those days of rest, honoring your body and recovery are crucial to your healing and your body and will make it stronger in the long term.

I understand behind that smile, sometimes it hurts. But remember it is proven that even forcing a smile can change your mood, and smiles are contagious. Help someone catch your smile today. Spread it like wildfire.

I understand it took you a long time, lots of doctors and patience to get a diagnosis. I understand you still may not have found the right fit with treatment and I understand that what works for you may not work for others. With our health, we must chose our own path to recovery. What works for you may not work for me.

I understand when you question yourself if maybe it is all in your head, but trust me, it is not.

I understand when people you care about question your illness. I understand that some of the people you thought would be there for you are not. But that is OK. There are people who are and those are the people who matter. This experience can also bring new people into your life you never would have met before.

I understand it is hard to do more than one thing a day and how hard it is to juggle so many doctor appointments.

I understand that fear of never getting better, but you will – you will get better. It takes time and it is better to allow the experience than to resist it. Staying mindful and present while going through a healing journey can help you tune into your body and learn how to stay tuned in. When you are better, you can use this throughout the rest of your life.

I understand the fear on the good days that the bad may come back. But remind yourself that there are good days and it is OK to enjoy them.

I understand that even with support, love, major progress and everything you need, you can still feel overwhelmed and upset. Know that is not a sign of being ungrateful; you are allowed to want better for yourself. You deserve the best of the best and you are capable of getting that.

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To the Nurses Who Made Me Feel Like a Hero Instead of a Burden


My brother once gave me this advice, which some might call daydreaming, to help manage anxiety-ridden moments, where regaining control seems like an impossible task.

“Literally just think of a happy thought and run with it,” he said. “For example, I start thinking about playing in a huge sports tournament like the U.S. Open. What court would I be on? Who am I playing? Is it hot? Cold? Rainy? Who would be cheering me on? Which family members and friends would show up?” 

 

This has been helpful to me in procedure rooms waiting for a spinal tap to begin, or a port to be placed. When I have a flare at 2:00 a.m. and am consumed by physical pain, it’s often the only thing that provides enough of a distraction where I can fall back asleep. Ironically, in doing this, I’ve always sequentially run through the same scenario:

I walk on stage and present my latest groundbreaking findings, which reveal the cure to cancer. Several weeks later, I would visit the Hematology/Oncology Infusion Center, only to be met by huge hugs, and handshakes, maybe even a picture or an autograph. The patients who no longer were there had been cured and the ones that remained were soon to be cured themselves. In that infusion center everyone knew me as the cancer-curing superhero. 

For as long as I can remember, any daydream I had revolved around curing disease. If I was ever to be “known” in Starr Pavilion 330 Hematology/Oncology Infusion Center, it was going to be for something really good. And so, in May 2017, I found myself, for the third time, in this very location. As the door swung open, I was greeted with the biggest hug and smile from the head Nurse Practitioner, who would whisper in my ear, “Welcome home.” I was not the hero I had dreamed about, but instead I was a patient and you bet I was known there. Instead of that hero, I was the one known for having massive reactions, having every side effect and requiring intense monitoring following frequent pages to my doctor. In my mind, I imagined that when my name came up on the schedule, I was “that one” mentioned with a head shake and sigh. The one who was a burden. Days when I was there, people regretted not taking time off.

When you are 23 and you have seen 47+ specialists, only one of which had remained committed to your care, feelings of being a burden – to doctors, nurses and anyone who just wants to help – are some of the hardest to swallow. Though I have been told to “stop apologizing” and I’m “not a burden,” it was always just word babble. In my heart I thought I knew the truth. But I did not. In the course of my eight-hour treatment a part of me changed. After dropping a thank you email to the Nurse Practitioner (the one who had welcomed me with that hug earlier), I got this message back:

You are the true hero. I am one of your vessels toward health and peace of mind, for which it is an honor.”

I walked in the next morning to find out my nurse had adjusted her days off to make sure she would be there when I was coming in for treatment, because she understood that anything that was known and familiar made me more comfortable.

These words and actions that were taken by two incredible people on “my team” changed my life. During a time I wanted to stop bothering everyone and strongly considered discontinuing treatment, these two individuals restored hope in me and a beyond words appreciation and gratitude for the special people you meet during the toughest of times. Though I’m not the hero I daydream about being, I had been viewed as one nonetheless. And until I can make that daydream of mine a reality, I will forever be grateful for my heroes. 

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