Why International Disabilities Day Matters!
“Let us work together for the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in an inclusive and sustainable world that embraces humanity in all its diversity”
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is set to be acknowledged December 3, 2017. 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.
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.There 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
Research has shown that persons with disabilities have less sick & 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.
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