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How to work with people with disability
With some specialised knowledge under your belt and some individual attention to your new starters, your business can benefit greatly.
Most people with disability require no modifications. If modifications need to be made, they’re usually simple and can be covered under the Government’s Employer Assistance Fund. Adjustments include flexible working hours, ‘time out’ or rest periods, workstations or seating modification, enhanced lighting, or allowing more time for training.
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There are a few things you’ll need to know about employing a staff member with a physical, intellectual or mental health disability. Of course it depends on your industry and the position you have in mind, as well as the nature of their disability. Here are a few basic facts to put your mind at ease:
- People with disability do not take more sick leave
- People with disability are not at increased risk of accident or injury
- People with disability are not less productive
There is plenty of evidence to support giving people with disability a fair go in the workplace and improving your workplace culture.
People with mental health conditions or physical disability can, and do, work. They hold a wide variety of roles and positions, from executive level and senior management to blue-collar jobs. In fact, many highly intelligent people who contribute to the workplace and society do so successfully while living with a mental illness or a physical disability.
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