Employers Urged To Employ People With Disabilities And
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 3, 2004
DUBLIN, IRELAND--The disability organization Enable Ireland on Wednesday urged employers to consider hiring workers with disabilities and taking advantage of assistive technologies.
The Irish Times reported that the unemployment rate for the general population is at five percent, but unemployment for people with disabilities sits at 80 percent.
Enable Ireland, in a partnership with Microsoft Ireland, has developed an assistive technology training program designed to promote inclusion of employees with disabilities in the workplace. On Wednesday, they graduated eleven people from the program, bringing the total over four years to 76.
"The high level of unemployment among people with disabilities is needless and the low cost of AT to an employer means that there is no argument against its adoption," said Enable Ireland's Siobhan Long.
Joe Macri, general manager of Microsoft Ireland, said assistive technology can help make people more attractive to employers by increasing workers' skills and capabilities.