Employers need help with integration

People with disabilities are 70 per cent more likely to be unemployed than their non-disabled counterparts. At the root of this employment gap are employer attitudes and a lack of awareness about disabilities and accommodation
By Alar Prost and David Redmond
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/22/2005

The Canadian Abilities Foundation published a report last year that looks at why employment continues to be an elusive dream for tens of thousands of Canadians with disabilities. Following are some findings from that report, Neglected or Hidden.

In spite of the myriad of initiatives introduced by governments at all levels over the past 25 years, people with disabilities fare more poorly in Canada’s workforce than do their non-disabled counterparts.

Labour force participation rates are at 49 per cent for people with disabilities, compared to 65 per cent for the general population. Unemployment rates for people with disabilities are also close to 70 per cent above the national average.