Almost one in five Australians are living with some sort of disability
HRD interviews Judi Higgin, CEO of New Horizons, about the many benefits of hiring someone with a disability.
Why do you think people with disabilities are being overlooked for employment?
With almost half of discrimination complaints from people aged 15 to 64 years being against an employer it’s an important question to ask.
This could be due to organisations not understanding the benefits employing people with disability can bring to both your organisation and your other employees.
But the common themes that arise around employing people with disability are; employers make assumptions about whether a person has the capacity to do the required job, that the person won’t ‘fit in’, and that expenses will arise with having a person with disability in the workplace.
What are the benefits of hiring people with a disability?
The unemployment rate for people with disability is twice that of people without disabilities. With almost one in five Australians living with some sort of disability, that’s a huge potential workforce not being utilised.
At New Horizons we employ almost 100 people with intellectual disabilities in our packaging businesses across two locations and have seen benefits for all our employees.
Of course, providing meaningful employment for people with disability can benefit them greatly too. Among the potential benefits for organisations are: