In Australia one in five people have disability and yet only half of these people who are of working age have been employed. This means an unacceptable number of people with disability are experiencing barriers to meaningful employment and being denied access to the personal, financial and social rewards it provides, and importantly to feel valued and included in society.
For nearly three decades, Life Without Barriers (LWB) has been championing opportunities for people with disability so they can live life as they choose. LWB is particularly passionate about ensuring people with disability have equitable access to obtaining the same meaningful employment as everyone else.
LWB's door is always open to people with disability. In fact, LWB has made a pledge through its Accessibility, Inclusion and Employment Plan, to make 12% of news recruits people with disability.
LWB is also an accredited Disability Confident Recruiter through the Australian Network on Disability (AND) - this means LWB is unequivocally committed to ensuring its recruitment and selection processes are accessible to people with disability.
As part of recognition of International Day of People with Disability, LWB is urging other employers to join in removing the barriers to employment for people with disability. What are these barriers? Discrimination during the recruitment phase is the biggest, but others include lack of marketing jobs to people with disability, lack of workplace flexibility and limited career progression opportunities.
Creating greater employment opportunities for people without disability is not just a "good" thing to do, it makes business sense! Research has found that people with disability are more productive workers than their counterparts, they take less sick leave and have more organisation commitment - these are highly desirable qualities for an employer.
LWB shares learnings with other employers so they too can create a workplace that is welcoming and allows people with disability to enjoy Employment Without Barriers.
For more information visit lwb.org.au/employmentwithoutbarriers