Disability is a Social Issue that Employers can Change
Disability is a social issue. Disability is not an impairment itself, but the perceptions and barriers that occur. People with disabilities are more vulnerable to abuse and crime than most of their peers. Children with disabilities are often put in care homes and isolated from their families.
We need to encourage education and recognition of all children as members of society and help them to be functioning adults in the future. We need to make changes and work together to make it a better world for all people with disabilities.
Government has taken a step in the right direction by encouraging and rewarding business owners through learnerships. Training providers such as Action 4 the blind and disabled work together with businesses to give the best training for employees with disabilities.
The youth and adults with disabilities seem to have more motivation with the right training. The only barrier stopping these potential employees is the employers and society themselves. There seems to be a lack of awareness when it comes to employing people with disabilities. Instead of being a burden, these disabled job seekers have many positive traits that make them an asset:
They are reliable
Employees with disabilities take fewer days off and stay in a job longer than other employees.
They are productive
Once they receive the correct training, they are known to outperform their able bodied co-workers.
They are affordable
Recruitment costs are lower and they do not require overtime.
They are safe
They are less likely to sustain on the job injuries.
Good for branding
People with disabilities are good with customers and they boost other co-workers confidence through a diverse workspace.