An estimated 1.3 billion people – or 1 in 6 people worldwide – experience significant disability – World Health Organization.
According to the WHO website,
“Disability is part of being human. Almost everyone will temporarily or permanently experience disability at some point in their life. An estimated 1.3 billion people – about 16% of the global population – currently experience significant disability. This number is increasing due in part to population aging and an increase in the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases.
Disability results from the interaction between individuals with a health condition, such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and depression, with personal and environmental factors including negative attitudes, inaccessible transportation and public buildings, and limited social support.
A person’s environment has a huge effect on the experience and extent of disability. Inaccessible environments create barriers that often hinder the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society on an equal basis with others. Progress on improving social participation can be made by addressing these barriers and facilitating persons with disabilities in their day to day lives.”
Creating jobs for people with disabilities
Creating jobs for people with disabilities is an important step in promoting inclusion and equal opportunities in the workforce. There are several ways to create jobs for individuals with disabilities, including:
Inclusive hiring practices: Employers can actively recruit and hire individuals with disabilities by advertising job openings in disability-specific publications and websites, and by participating in job fairs and events that cater to individuals with disabilities. Employers can also make accommodations for individuals with disabilities during the hiring process, such as providing sign language interpreters or alternative formats for application materials.
Flexible work arrangements: Employers can create jobs for people with disabilities by offering flexible work arrangements such as part-time or telecommuting options. This can make it easier for individuals with disabilities to balance work and personal responsibilities.
Entrepreneurship: People with disabilities can also create their own jobs by starting their own businesses. There are various resources available to assist individuals with disabilities in starting and running their own businesses, including training programs and financial assistance.
Government incentives: Government can also play a role in creating jobs for people with disabilities by providing tax incentives to employers who hire individuals with disabilities, and by funding programs and services that assist individuals with disabilities in finding and maintaining employment.
Supportive services: Supportive services such as job coaching, transportation, and assistive technology can also be provided to help individuals with disabilities succeed in the workplace.
Creating jobs for people with disabilities is not only morally right, but it also has many benefits for employers and society as a whole. People with disabilities bring a diverse range of skills, talents, and perspectives to the workplace, which can lead to increased innovation, creativity and productivity. Additionally, by creating jobs for people with disabilities, employers can tap into a large pool of untapped talent, and they can also improve their reputation as an inclusive and socially responsible employer.
Employment Development Department (EDD)
The Employment Development Department (EDD) in California is a valuable resource for individuals with disabilities who are seeking employment. The EDD offers a wide range of services including job training, job placement assistance, unemployment benefits, and additional support for low-income families with children. Additionally, the EDD also provides a variety of resources for employers, such as job fairs, workshops, and tax credit programs.