Is your workplace disability friendly? Introducing the Inclusive Employment Movement by Chris Beaumont, Endeavour Foundation
Did you know that if you have a disability in Australia, you
are more than twice as likely to be unemployed? It’s a pretty shocking
statistic, but there’s a movement brewing that’s looking to change this. It’s
called the Inclusive Employment Movement, and it’s something that Endeavour
Foundation is proud to be part of. Endeavour Foundation’s very own Alex Baker
went along to a breakfast event to find out more. Maddie is someone with
intellectual disability who works in open employment. She wanted to put
together some tips on how you can help make your workplace disability friendly.
The below is in her words.
Maddie’s top tips: 5 ways to make your workplace more
accessible to people with disability
1. Give people a chance with a disability to work in open
By giving people a chance you are giving them a good
opportunity. Everyone has skills but lots of people with disability don’t get
to use them in certain tasks. If you don’t give someone a chance you will never
know how talented they are and they might even feel left out. It would be very
hard for people with disability to find a job and get a job offer so you might
be able to help them by giving them a chance.
2. Try and make sure that people are nice to them on
their first day
It can be hard to start a new job, but it is good when
people are friendly and kind. When people are nice it can help when you are
nervous on your first day. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine what a job is going
to be like before you start so it’s good if you feel happy and welcomed. I
always like to make new friends and meet people from different backgrounds.
When someone is friendly it makes me feel happy and excited when people are
caring and polite. Having a good sense of humour is also really nice.
3. Making sure they have all the training they need
Training happens from the beginning and also while they are
working. If you don’t train people they might make a lot of mistakes, and
depending on which industries it’s not good to make mistakes. You might make a
customer angry or someone might get an injury. Training shows you all the
procedures like what not to do, the correct way to do it. It helps people to do
a good job in their work. One on one meetings are also a good idea because it
helps you to see what you can improve in and what you are already good at.
4. Making sure everything is physically accessible.
Accessible means that it’s easy for people to access all the
areas and also if they don’t have good motor skills or something they might
need things to help. Accessibility is things like ramps, elevators, lifts, easy
to find locations and a plan on how they can get here.
5. Find their strengths and give even more opportunities
People with disability will surprise the high bosses with
what they can do and what they are talented at. We can be confident, social
butterflies that love to have friends and we can be so good at our work. Everyone
is individual and they can show you what they are good at or what they are
successful at doing. We can succeed in our careers and show our true selves. If
you find what someone’s good at, the employee will be happy because they know that
they are talented and good at it. If you give people opportunities it makes
them feel really good inside and like they belong. Trying new tasks and meeting
new people makes work a better place.
Posted on 10 / 11 / 2021
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