The unemployment rate among the disabled is a real concern and the Government is struggling to know what to do about it.
I have just learnt of an excellent American campaign to help the situation regarding employment of the disabled.
I wish we had a campaign like this in Australia to help the disabled and I think it is an excellent example of what we could replicate here with success.
From the campaign website:
“We each have a role to play and benefits to gain by improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. I know – you’re wondering, “Me? What can I do to make a difference?” You (yes, YOU) have the power to shape attitudes about ability, to mentor a young person with a disability, to change the way people think about disability and employment and ultimately, to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. The ideas we perpetuate about disability and employment impact successful employment outcomes – either individually through our own positive or negative beliefs about ability or through the assumptions of others who have the power to make employment decisions.
Myths about disability and employment and attitudinal barriers and negative stereotypes continue to impact employment opportunities for qualified people with disabilities. We can all do our part to change these misperceptions by reminding young people with disabilities that they have the skills to pursue meaningful careers and play an important role in America’s economic success. We can also encourage employers to recognize the value and talent people with disabilities bring to the workplace, as well as what can be realized by fully including everyone. Every day, people with disabilities can and do add value to America’s workplaces.
So what can YOU do to support this effort and improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities?
site to access resources to assist in recruiting, retaining and advancing skilled, qualified employees and by sharing the important message that, “At work, it’s what people can do that matters.””
The Campaign’s goal of promoting positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities is highly commendable.
The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort among several disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities at work.
Do check out the website as we can all learn a lot from it.