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Why you should hire employees with disabilities

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HC Online | 06 Aug 2014, 09:31 AM Agree 0
There are still misconceptions in the business world about workers with disabilities, but if you want greater productivity and engagement, inclusion is the way to go.
  • Annie | 06 Aug 2014, 01:14 PM Agree 0
    Hi Guys - great that you have an article on this, as working for a community services organisation that employs people with a disability we know the benefits. Just so you keep up to date with the "lingo" we don't call people with disability "disabled workers" they are "workers with a disability". This is about not labelling the whole person. eg. we dont call people with a broken arm, a broken person or a person with cancer a "cancerous person" - therefore people with a disbility should not be labelled as a disabled person but a person with a disability. A small change but small changes can make big change in attitude towards people with a disability.
    Most of the article got it right - just a couple of slip ups!
    Once barriers are overcome a person with a disability may no longer have one. It is the many barriers (that includes attitudes) that people with a disability have to overcome that makes people have disabilities in our society. This is not only about people with physical disbilities as having a wheelchair space outside your office doesnt help people with learning difficulties.
    It is being aware and celebrating peoples differences and abilities, and overcoming barriers for all.
  • Carey Rudd | 07 Aug 2014, 10:42 AM Agree 0
    I think it should always be the person first; a person who is black, a person who is Muslim. a person who is gay.
  • Shane Smith | 09 Aug 2014, 10:00 PM Agree 0
    The other thing also to consider is that the definition of what is considered a disability is broad and deep.
    Eg I put on a seminar once that was to inform pathways for young people in schools who have disabilities to a life just like all of us post school.
    And there was a presentation given where after an equity manager from a large western Sydney university read all of the full definition out there was not 1 person who was able to raise their hands as either not that day or previously never had a "DISABILITY".
    With adequate on the job support People With a Disability (#PWD) can as productive as well "You"!
    Also if #NDIS gets off the ground #PWD will have "Support Packages" Aka cash. So it makes good business sense to understand their buying needs as there could well just be a further 6 Billion for #PWD to flex the economic power of consumer is king!
    So is your business set up to be a contender to get some of the money? If you some it will pay to show that your business supports by walking the as well as only talking it.
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