Smashing stereotypes

People with disabilities refused interviews, jobs: Report
By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/10/2012

People with disabilities — from mobility, hearing and seeing to learning, emotional and developmental — feel discriminated against in the workplace, according to a report by the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC).

Nearly three-quarters (74.2 per cent) of people with disabilities — both employed and unemployed — believe employers consider them as disadvantaged in employment, found CHRC’s report, which drew on findings from Statistics Canada’s Participation and Activity Limitation Survey 2006.

“Most persons with disabilities do experience discrimination, generally and in the workplace,” said Shamira Madhany, chief diversity and accessibility officer at the Ontario Public Service (OPS) in Toronto.