Staff with disabilities act as teachers

Report looks at bank employees
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2007

Michael Edgson has seen a shift in perceptions of disability and accommodation over his career. Edgson, who is visually impaired but still has some sight, is currently a branch manager at two Royal Bank of Canada branches in Richmond, B.C.

The bank’s willingness and proactive approach to accommodation is in sharp contrast to the sit-back-and-wait approach he experienced 15 years ago when he worked for the provincial and federal governments. He chalks up the difference as much to the passage of time as to the difference in employers.

But what he has really noticed at the bank is his co-workers’ curiosity and willingness to learn about his disability and he’s more than happy to answer any questions they have.