The Ability Factor: Employing people with disabilities makes good business sense

The Ability Factor: Employing people with disabilities makes good business sense


In the world of job hunting, not having equal opportunities can put you at the back of the pack. For people with disabilities that can mean navigating additional barriers: sidewalks, halls and doorways, information (person with a guide dog walks past sign with “information” written on it). Millions of people with disabilities face barriers to finding jobs and getting promoted and not just physical barriers. Our attitudes also create barriers for people with disabilities: misconceptions, negativitiy, prejudice, ignorance. But… did you ever consider the ability factor? 1 in 7 people around the world is disabled, 15% of the world’s population. A billion people! You get it right? That’s a lot of people with ability you can factor into your workplace. People with disabilities create diversity and that’s good for business. Why? Because people with disabilities improve workplace morale, can be an untapped resource of skills and talents, elevate customer service and, best of all, help increase business opportunities. You see it’s ability, not disability that counts. That’s the Ability Factor! International Labour Organization www.ilo.org/disability

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