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Why it Matters – International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Laura Belyea


International Day of Persons with Disabilities

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is acknowledged every 3 December. This observance started back in 1992 as a way to promote the understanding of disability issues and mobile support for the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also sought to increase the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social, economic life.

“On this International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us reaffirm our commitment to work together for a better world that is inclusive, equitable and sustainable for everyone, where the rights of people with disabilities are fully realized.” — António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

However, as much work has been done on this issue, employers still have the ability to do better in this area and help change perceptions of hiring people with disabilities into the workforce.

There are still many myths about persons with disabilities in the workforce.

blog disabilities.jpgThere are many benefits that come with hiring a person with a disability into your workforce.

Larger talent pools

When you do not limit your potential employee pool, you will have more options for talent to choose from. Getting rid of restrictions on positions and making them truly open to all candidates will allow your company to have a rich talent pool to choose the best new candidate for your open role.

Increase diversity in the workplace

By having persons with disabilities work alongside those without, employees will become more aware of how to make the workplace accessible to all. Informal learning through colleague’s accounts for 70% of employee learning and development on the job. By opening up a new world of possibilities, employees will consider things they have never done or thought before. Persons with disabilities can teach fellow employees to learn about creativity, problem solving and innovation.

Higher job retention rate among persons with disabilities

Research has shown that persons with disabilities have less sick and absent days and have longer tenure.

Persons with disabilities are just as capable as you and I

Persons with disabilities live the same as you and I. Although some things may be different and need adjustments and refitting depending on the type of disability, it’s the same life. Unfortunately, many employers do not hire persons with disabilities because they believe they are not as capable of doing the job. When in reality, it can mean coming to terms with a quick adjustment, introduction of technology aid or adaptive techniques that allow the capable and qualified individual the chance to have lasting and fulfilling employment – what anyone really wishes for in a career.

Interested in building a diverse community of employees? 

Talivest is an online community platform that helps global companies tap into rich networks of their past and future talent. We help organisations understand why employees are leaving, stay connected with them and help re-hire high performing alumni as boomerangs. This results in reduced recruitment costs, boosted productivity, improved brand culture and a rich talent pool for referrals and boomerangs.

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