*** These guides are mostly applicable to students in the United States or to international students studying in the US. ***
One of STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service) core missions is encouraging people to pursue career paths that let them make a positive difference in the lives of others. Some of the most fulfilling of these careers involve assisting people with disabilities. With more than 10% of the U.S. population living with some type of disability, there are many opportunities to help in a professional capacity--from physical and occupational therapy, to social work and psychology, and teaching and healthcare.
To help shine a spotlight on careers in disability services, STEPS team recently created an online guidebook that covers the 8 main types of disabilities (as defined by the World Health Organization) and highlights career paths in each area that help people enjoy higher functioning lives. The guide also features a great interview with a social worker who works in disability services and specializes in mental health. This interview really helps paint a picture of the rewards (and challenges) of this line of work. You can read the full guide at Careers Helping People with Disabilities: https://www.publicservicedegrees.org/careers/people-with-disabilities/
Explore further the website for Careers Helping the Elderly and Careers Helping the Homeless, or Working with Children. Advice is also available about obtaining a degree in Public Services, Financial Aid and Volunteering possibilities.