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HC Online | 19 Mar 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
According to new research, there are more Australians with a physical or intellectual disability involved in the workforce than ever before.
  • John Anderson | 20 Mar 2013, 10:43 AM Agree 0
    I am the director of two businesses and in a combined sense we have been fortunate to return a person with disability back to the workplace.

    In our experience it has been a relatively seemless and hugely rewarding process.

    We maybe have been fortunate in that our workplace is relatively modern and so all the facilities are in place to enable people in a wheelchair ready access.

    Importantly the only thing that needed to be adapted was putting in a new desk that accomodated a wheelchair, and this was provided to us anyway.

    When it comes to planning we were fortunate in that much of knowledge and advice we needed was provided by Ivon's support group. We truly underestimated the level of support that Ivon gets from his Carers, and the level of involvement that his therapists have in the return to work program. So for us the planning and deployment was easy. The business case required little analysis, because we had real opportunity to identify with what Ivon's goals were and how they dovetailed into our business practices.

    So from someone that has returned a person to work, bring it on, it has been hugely rewarding and little if any inconvenience
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