You may be hesitant to look for work if you have a disability. When applying for a job, you may be unclear whether or not to disclose a disability.
However, in today’s work environment, that shouldn’t be an issue. You can have the job of your dreams despite your disability. Employment opportunities are available to people with different passions, qualifications, abilities, and talents.
Nursing, business, journalism, technology, law, social sciences – you name it – there are opportunities everywhere. People with impairments can be found in practically every industry.
Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about the employment sector for a disabled person.
Things to Know about Disability Employment
Now, with all this brief, let’s dive into some interesting facts about employment of disabled people worldwide.
People with disabilities have higher unemployment rates than non-disabled people
The unemployment rate for persons with disabilities in developing countries is between 80% and 90%, while in industrialized countries it is somewhere between 50% and 70%.
Unemployment rates for people with disabilities have been consistently higher than for non-disabled people. However, raw numbers alone cannot justify the entire scenario as such. Many people with disabilities in the workforce are choosing to work from home to cut costs and increase flexibility in their schedules. Yet, many companies aren’t taking advantage of these great workers and are losing valuable talent. In many cases, employers don’t think they can accommodate employees with disabilities or are concerned about safety, insurance, or performance.
Discrimination against disabled people is illegal
It is wrong to mistreat someone because they have a disability, according to the Australian Human Rights Commission. There are laws in Australia that forbid this kind of discrimination against employees with disabilities at all stages of employment – from the initial job interview, right through to leaving the company. But, sadly, some employers still discriminate against applicants with a disability.
Sometimes, disabled workers’ workplaces must make changes to accommodate their needs
Some workplaces need a few adjustments to be accessible and safe for employees with disabilities. Many of these changes are called ‘reasonable accommodations,’ They’re the employer’s responsibility if they can be made. The Australian Government’s Employment Assistance Fund helps cover some of the costs of modifying the workplace or purchasing equipment for eligible employees with disability.
Telling your boss about your disability is a personal decision
It’s your choice whether or not to tell your employer that you have a disability. If it’s severe enough, like a heart condition or epilepsy, it’s the law for you to tell your employer. Other disabilities or health problems aren’t necessarily against the law – but if they are severe, they might affect your ability to do specific tasks at work, so you should think about sharing them with your boss.
You can challenge acts of discrimination
If you experience discrimination, you have the right to take action. One option is to approach the person or people involved directly, or you can raise your concerns with a manager, supervisor, or Human Resources. If this is too intimidating, you can complain to the Australian Human Rights Commission as well.
But while living with a disability isn’t easy, it doesn’t have to be a tragedy. And pretending you’re okay when you’re not doesn’t help anyone. So get the required disability help from an NDIS approved disability support organisation in Australia.