As is often the case when discussing job opportunities for the disabled, many people simply do not understand what is entailed. Many may fall for the myth that employers who extend a job opportunity to an mentally or physically disabled person are simply extending a kind gesture. This is not the case.
In a recent article appearing on bclocalnews.com, a job developer for Triumph Vocational Services discussed the benefits of hiring an employee with a disability. As stated in the article, “Once they find employment that works, they tend to stay there for the rest of their working lives,” Thomas said.
Some of the benefits employers receive when they hire on a person with a mental or physical disability include, punctuality, stability and fewer accidents on the job. The key of course is finding the right person for the job. Employees who do not have a disability are not grouped together without thought as to what skills they possess and where their weaknesses lie. Neither should disabled employees. Each person regardless of disability should be considered for a job based on their ability to perform it. In some cases a disabled person will be a better fit for a certain job than other disabled or able-bodied individuals.
In addition to gaining a great worker, employees also benefit through incentive programs which can be used toward training and even subsidized salary. It is important to remember that every person who has the ability to perform a job should have the opportunity to do so. In this situation, when the right employee is placed in the right job, everyone benefits.