A guest post:
Importance of an Inclusive Employer with a Commitment to Employees with Disabilities
Whether you are disabled and are trying to find a job or are the employer who is about to hire a person with a disability, there are some things you need to know.
For the Employer
Hiring someone who has a disability is not that different than when you hire another employee. Your initiative is to focus on the best candidate for the job and their ability to do the job. Planning and preparation will ensure that your company is accessible to disabled individuals throughout the entire hiring process.
There is around 70 percent of people with disabilities who are working-age in America alone who are not working. This can lead to powerlessness, poverty and prison. Therefore, how can you change that?
Take the Lead
Your job as an effective business leader is to create an inclusive and effective workplace. You can do this by:
- Determining how inclusive your company is at the present time (you might already have employees with disabilities working for you)
- Make your commitment to hiring disabled employees known to your senior staff members
- Use it as an advantage of increasing workplace diversity
- Offer training and information to staff of all levels about diversity
- Have a written commitment inside your HR policy regarding the hiring of disabled persons
- Show your supervisors and staff you are quite aware of what inclusion means by being a role model; by respecting and treating all employees as part of your team organization
The type of positions you offer will determine your recruiting process. You can even recruit a community service provider to handle your recruiting, placement and workplace support for your disabled employees.
Have or put programs in place that are disability-specific to address specific needs and integrate disability into each of your programs.
For the Employee
These days, businesses are looking to be more inclusive and more reflective of the clients and customers they serve. When you find the right employer, you will be able to find the perfect fit that includes accommodations from both an inclusive and built environment culture.
Know the Facts
Not only should you be an expert on your own disabilities, but also on issues that can confront any person with a disability. Working together across a wide range of disabilities can ensure you are all helping each other.
Be Loud and Proud
Speak up in letting people know that you are looking for a hand UP and not a hand OUT. Many disabled people wish to work, but don’t do anything about it. They live in dependence that undermines their hope and opportunity. Get in with some vocational programs (VR) and other programs like Project Search or Bridges to get yourself the support and training you need to get out there and get that job.
Diversity & Inclusion (“D&I”) Partnerships
Finding employers that partner or sponsor support associations and organizations committed to D&I is a great way to tell if they are inclusive. When employers are supporting those organizations that are committed to inclusive employment, they can usually be seen as a company that values diversity. Do your research and look for those employers who do support efforts like this. This will give you an idea if they are accommodating and open.
There are various ways of finding inclusive employers and employers who support employees with disabilities. Once you find one, you will want to get that resume polished up and there are services like Custom Writings that can help you do that. If you are the employer and are not involved in any type of career organization that advocates for disabled persons, you might want to be.
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