Employment opportunities through better Employer relations and understanding

Some employers are good at involving the disabled person in their workplace through inclusiveness, accessibility, using accessible formats and adapting the workplace for that persons needs. Others however, have passed an ignorant comment without even letting you commence a work trial. For example, many years ago I applied for work experience at a council, and at the meeting I was told "we can't go around brailling everything for you". There was no mention of a voice recorder, a screen reader for the computer, or any kind of adaptive technology letalone what I was expected to do there. I didn't even get a chance to get my foot in the door in terms of a serious interview and came away from the situation feeling disappointed that they were so ignorant. I guess in that circumstance, that person really needed to be educated in dealing with people with some kind of disability!!!

Why the contribution is important

Better employer relations could mean better understanding of what is needed to make a workplace inclusive (that is how you can adapt it to allow them to carry out their job); and what a person can or cannot do! If the employer creates a barrier at the first meeting, then it can also be the difference between the person gaining employment and not!

by Gene on November 18, 2018 at 10:55PM

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