Employment

Audience: Employers
Runtime: 2.00 min.
Focus: Krystine Donata on communication access to employment opportunities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to general communication barriers, we may experience unique communication barriers when working or seeking employment. These include:

  • Lack of opportunities in all types of work– full time and part-time employment; ad hoc engagements, and volunteerism.
  • Lack of supports for work engagements if we need these (e.g. attendant services, communication assistance)
  • Employers unable or unwilling to incur costs of assistant services in addition to our services
  • Lack of flexibility to accommodate our requirements in terms of our fatigue and stamina during for a work engagement
  • Lack of vocational rehabilitation and employment support services that can accommodate and support our communication methods and / or our communication assistive technology
  • Lack of initiatives to create meaningful work opportunities for those of us who cannot find mainstream work engagements
  • Lack of collaboration between communication disability services, vocational rehabilitation and employment services
  • Lack of information, supports and assistive technology funding sources for those of us who are self-employed (e.g. computers, internet access)
  • Lack of work experiences for young people with disabilities, leading to a lack of experience and qualifications for entry-level jobs
  • Lack of or inadequacy of insurance benefits to cover medical and dental services, wheelchairs and assistive technologies that may be more fully covered by government social assistance programs
  • Paid work may result in reductions to social assistance benefits or loss of subsidized housing opportunities and be inadequate to support living in an accessible market rent apartment.

Resource:

AC News on Employment (2004)