Written by Bianca Baldo
Often overlooked, undervalued, and stereotyped, people with disabilities have important contributions to make in the workplace, offering diversity in perspectives and unique problem-solving abilities. In this three-part series, we seek to engage in conversations that reflect current employment trends and practices that exclude employees and leaders with disabilities from fully benefiting from meaningful employment opportunities in Canada.
Specifically, we aim to:
- Identify and acknowledge the challenges experienced and the trust required to build strong relations with a person with a disability in the workplace.
- Use a GBA+ and person-first approach to explore Ableism in the workplace, and
- Provide some best practices for working with employees and leaders with disabilities
Part 1- Education and awareness; employment of persons with disabilities.
“A Disability is not just one health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he, she, (they) lives” – World Health Organisation.
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