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Disabled Americans Reap Remote-Work Reward in Record Employment

Adults with disabilities have rarely been employed in such high numbers

As the pandemic hit and the world turned to remote work, Beka Anardi was able to resume her career.

As the pandemic hit and the world turned to remote work, Beka Anardi was able to resume her career.

Photographer: Jovelle Tamayo/Bloomberg

After becoming paralyzed in 2009, Beka Anardi never thought about working again. That is, until the pandemic hit.

As millions of people began working remotely, Anardi realized she could resume her career as a recruiter. She sent her resumé to a few people in her network at the end of last year and was employed within a matter of weeks. The 41-year-old now works full-time from her house in Bellevue, Washington, where she can comfortably navigate her wheelchair, avoid the hassle of commuting and take care of her bodily needs in the privacy of her own home.