Computer Technology Opens a World of Work to Disabled People

Steven Singley, 41, a quadriplegic, answers calls for Office Depot from his home in Utah. He works 20 to 24 hours a week and says he can accurately type more than 20 words a minute despite his disability.

For 24 years, Pamela Post, a victim of a panic disorder called agoraphobia, has been afraid to leave her house. She managed to find work for a time, at a company partly owned by a man who also had a panic disorder. He gave her a private office in a house, to make her feel at home and to shield her from the office bustle that could bring on attacks.

But three and a half years into the job, even those accommodations were no longer enough. Her husband left her, and her 19-year-old daughter, who drove her to work, married and moved out.

"All of a sudden the panic attacks got out of control," Ms. Post said. "I don’t drive, so I didn’t know what I would do."

George Frey for The New York Times

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