Why hire people with a disability?

Did you know that disability has an impact on 73% of the world’s population? That’s over $13 trillion of disposable income just waiting to be tapped into.

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A huge opportunity prevented by unseen exclusions

Here in Australia, 1 in 5 people have a disability of some kind, but only around half of them are working, and 10% of these are under-employed. Clearly there’s not only a massive market, but a huge opportunity for organisations to employ and to serve 20% of the Australian population.

Despite this, organisations continue to exclude people with disability, even though they are highly-qualified and skilled for numerous jobs.

Often this discrimination is involuntary and unseen. Even organisations that are leaders in equal opportunity in areas such as gender and race, have hidden barriers that prevent them from attracting and employing people with disability. Let’s not forget, skilled workers with disability are a hot commodity, and won’t work for just anybody.

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So why hire people with disability?

Still not convinced? Hiring staff with disability and designing products and services for customers with disability have many benefits. You can expect to:

  • Widen your talent pool.
  • Expand your consumer base.
  • Retain workers.
  • Represent your customers.
  • Lower absenteeism.
  • Improve brand reputation.
  • Enhance productivity.
  • Engaged workplace culture.
  • Lower workplace risk.
  • Uphold the rights of people with disability.

Find out more about these benefits.

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