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Types of Disabilities and Reasons for Employing Persons with Disabilities

Types of disabilities

Types of disabilities include

  • attention deficit /
    hyperactivity disorder
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • hearing impairment
  • intellectual disability
  • mental illness
  • physical disability
  • specific learning difficulties
  • speech impairment
  • visceral disability /
    chronic illness
  • visual impairment

Employer's commitment

The company’s top-down support for employing persons with disabilities is one of the critical factors for creating a truly inclusive working environment. The employer’s commitment to achieving diversity and inclusion can facilitate the effective integration of persons with disabilities into the workplace and the encouragement from the management can help allay the feelings of revulsion and fear among the frontline staff.

When employment persons with disabilities, the employers should set clear goals, such as fulfilling social responsibility, developing a diverse and inclusive workplace, enlarging their pool of talents or filling the manpower gap in the trade, etc. The employer should also confirm the importance of diversity and inclusion in the company’s philosophy through employing more persons with disabilities. The philosophy has to be translated down through concrete actions by the human resources department with clear explanation to all employees.

Employers hesitation to offer jobs to persons with disabilities may be due to their concern about the unknown. In fact,there are many ways for employers to learn more about the working abilities of persons with disabilities.

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