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jobs for a mute!?

Question Posted Sunday August 5 2007, 5:47 pm

I have selective mutism. I'm f/16 and I was wondering if I could ever get a job? I know people are supposed to get "disabled" people jobs at some point.

I can work pretty well, I just have a social anxiety with speaking. I'm okay being around people.. but what about the interview?

Don't say it's impossible. How can I go about this? Should I put that I have "S.M." on the application?

What job could I do though? Something that would work for me? Someone suggested shipping and receiving.. could I?

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Additional info, added Sunday August 5 2007, 9:33 pm:
I meant a job now.

I'm the only one in my whole area that has been diagnosed with this so there's no group.

I can speak for your information, but I get panic attacks.

I do not know sign language.

I was just wondering if I could work at a grocery store or something.

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ComplexMind answered Tuesday August 7 2007, 6:54 am:
There are many businesses (like Target, Wal-mart, etc.) that have something called "equal opportunities"

They give anyone that applies an equal opportunity to get the job. You would have to explain your disorder to them though, possibly with a doctors note?

I don't think you'll have too much trouble getting a job, just ask around.

Good luck!

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isis answered Sunday August 5 2007, 8:06 pm:
Is there a support group that could help or advise on this? In the same way that there are deaf societies etc, that can point their members in the right direction.

Failing that and depending on your computer skills, something in IT may be possible. You could also look at research, lab work or data processor. All of these don't usually involve speaking to many, if any people. If you explain the problem before an interview, maybe with the assistance of a society for your condition, with the disabilities laws now, and the right qualifications for the position, you should stand a chance of a sensitive interview.


There's no reason at all why you shouldn't be able to get a job in something like a grocery store. If you try the bigger ones, they may have positions available in the stockroom, so that you don't need to speak to too many people.

Have you had some coaching on how to manage panic attacks? If not, this may help you to cope with social situations.

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hotpotato answered Sunday August 5 2007, 7:33 pm:
I don't know about the job interviewing process, but I am wondering if someone can ask for you or you can ask yourself if it is possible for you to do the interview by phone? or by computer? or write the answer down instead of speaking? There should be another alternative or way of interviewing a person.

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2tammy2 answered Sunday August 5 2007, 7:31 pm:
You can do whatever you inspire to and dont let anyone convince you other wise.
As for jobs, hmm you could be a comedian... jk maybe be a sign language teacher, or a janitor or something, ok soz lol my sence of humor is really vivid right now, you could have a job inside your home, or a writer or something like that

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