1 in 5 people in Canada have a disability. Yet disability is often misunderstood.
There are many misconceptions about people with disabilities and work. Here we present the top 10 myths.
Fact: People with disabilities have goals, dreams and needs like everyone else. This includes finding long-term work that brings not only financial independence and security, but a sense of purpose, self-esteem and social connectedness to their lives.
Fact: People with disabilities can offer a lot of value to your business. They bring high potential and a diverse range of skills and abilities. Many have completed tertiary education and one-third are managers and professionals.
Fact: Some disabilities are invisible and have little or no impact on how people go about their daily lives. A disability can also be temporary. There are many benefits of hiring a person with a disability and your other employees will only benefit from this diversity in the team.
Fact: Hiring a person with a disability is extremely cost effective. People with disabilities have fewer compensation incidents and accidents at work compared to other employees and lower levels of absenteeism.
Fact: Less than 5% of people with disabilities use a wheelchair. If modifications are required for a person with a physical disability, financial assistance is often available to cover the cost of this.
Fact: Disability is part of human diversity. A diverse workforce is part of a diverse society. People with disabilities build relationships with customers across a wide cross-section of the community which is beneficial for business.
Fact: Research shows that people with disabilities have less sick days and absences from work than their colleagues without disabilities. 83% of people with disabilities do not need time off work because of their condition.
Fact: Many people with disabilities need little to no adjustments in the workplace. The most common arrangements for employees with disabilities are casual, part time or flexible hours. When workplace modifications are required, there is often financial assistance available.
Fact: 1 in 5 Canadian’s have a recognized disability. So, chances are you’ve already worked with a person with a disability. Connecting with a person with a disability is no different to another employee – it’s a matter of common courtesy, respect and clear communication.
Fact: The Canadian Government provides support for the recruitment and employment of people with disabilities through the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities program. This includes no-cost recruitment, wage subsidies and financial support for workplace modifications.
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