A three hour seminar in Hamilton called ‘Just One Day’ is to be held at the end of this month that will provide employers with information pertaining to hiring employees with disabilities.
With employment statistics for people with disabilities as low as they currently are, these are exactly the types of seminars that should be held across the country.
The current stigma is that people with disabilities just don’t want to work and this is simply incorrect. The reason why these statistics are so low is because the misconception that we are less capable is still very much alive and kicking.
The truth however is that the opposite is true. According to Enrich + executive leader employment Martyn Parkes, “people with a disability are often more motivated and more committed and they just want to be given an opportunity. That is what employers want at the end of the day, someone who is motivated and hard working.”
This hits the nail on the head. We will never know of anyone’s full potential or the invaluable contribution they can make to this world unless we give them a chance. This isn’t just the case for people with disabilities – its true for everyone but we need to collectively break down the structural injustices that prevent this from happening.
This is where education comes in. Age-old beliefs regarding people of difference are not going to go away overnight, which is why we have to continuously work at breaking them down.
Progress on this front is absolutely happening and we have come a long way; we have to appreciate that. But I’m tired of people saying this and leaving it at that. Gratitude and complacency are two very different things and that’s the first thing we need to acknowledge in order to progress further.