EmployAbilities works with employers to help them recruit, hire, and train people with disabilities. There are many business benefits to hiring people with disabilities. Progressive employers can create a diverse workplace, reach a larger market, and people with disabilities statistically are loyal, hardworking, and help reduce employee turnover.
We found these tips for employers for disability employment.
- Review accessibility of the workplace and accessibility of the application process.
- Ask candidates in the interview if they have specific requirements.
- Talk directly to the person and offer before you help.
- When in doubt, ask. The person will know what is best for them.
Tips for hiring people with hearing loss & hearing impairment
- Ask their preferred method of communication
- Repeat or rephrase things if you need to, but don’t exaggerate mouth movements.
- Face and talk to the person, not their interpreter if they use one.
- Be patient and don’t say “never mind”.
- Tap for attention.
Tips for hiring people with developmental disabilities
- Use plain language
- Repeat information if necessary. Try using different wording if it wasn’t understood the first time.
- Offer to read written information if it is appropriate.
- Always treat adults as adults.
Tips for hiring people with mental health disabilities
- Be reliable and punctual. Do what you say you’re going to do.
- Be non-judgemental and patient.
- Offer to give them written information if appropriate.
Of course, this is not a comprehensive list, but a good place to start. If you want more information, or assistance with your recruiting, please reach out to EmployAbilities.