Workplace Accommodations Are Easy, Attitudes Are Not
March 30, 2005
TORONTO, ONTARIO--Some business leaders are learning that it usually doesn't take much to make a workplace accessible to workers with disabilities.
A recent story in the Toronto Metro News focused on the city's Business Development Centre and its efforts to get small businesses and entrepreneurs to hire people with disabilities.
The center's Wenda Abel told Metro News that, while high-tech assistive technology is available, most accommodations are low-tech and relatively inexpensive.
"These things cost very little money and yet they can make a huge difference in their productivity," Abel said.
Still, the most difficult barriers to overcome are negative attitudes and stereotypes.
"It's said that they're last hired, first fired," Abel explained about people with disabilities in the workplace.
"Office gadgets aid people with disabilities" (Metro News)
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